Today we work ourselves down to the brink of the top-10. The great music keeps rolling! I know we're all excited to get to 2011, but this is one last chance to remember the great albums we talked about in the past year. Let's roll...
20. Social Code – Rock N Roll
The Edmonton rockers pack a punch while retaining a distinct pop sense in their US debut, a big rock album that manages to be commercial without sounding like that was the point.
19. Steven Page – Page One
The former Barenaked Ladies co-front man proves he can make it on his own, bring his own special blend of darkness and pop sensibility to Page One.
18. Sami.The.Great – Nothing Left To See
Sami.The.Great is going to be a star someday. Nothing Left To See is perhaps a reference to Sami's heart, which she wears on her sleeve. It's certainly not representative of her songwriting. You'll want a long musical relationship with Sami.The.Great.
17. Alexis Foxe – To Have And Want More
Alexis Foxe is over the top, ala Lady Gaga and Madonna. Luckily she has the singing and songwriting talent to back up her musical hubris. To Have And Want More is a brilliant start that will appeal to music fans of all ilks.
16. JD Eicher & The Goodnights – The Shape Of Things
Perhaps one of the most understated pop efforts of 2010, The Shape Of Things sneaks up on you, settles into your brain and takes you on a ride you won't soon forget.
15. Barenaked Ladies – All In Good Time
No one knew what to expect from Barenaked Ladies after the departure of co-founder Steven Page, but it's safe to say that the band surprised fans and critics alike with their most mature and musically satisfying album to date.
14. Scarlitt – Hope Unseen
Scarlitt avoids the comic-book character quality of many new pop/metal bands to deliver an old-school, wall shaking collection of songs so well constructed musically you won't quite believe what you're hearing.
13. Laura Roppé – I’m Still Here
Roppé is the comeback kid; not only kicking cancer to the curb but remaking herself as an artist in one of the most brilliant and emotionally naked artistic turns of 2010. Roppé jettison's the glitz and polish of her debut album for a depth of emotional honesty that is startling and welcome.
12. Trout Fishing In America – Lookin’ At Lucky
Trout Fishing In America returned in 2010 with their first album for adults in more than a decade, an amazing collection of songs that show maturity and nuance blended with an ear for melody that is incomparable.
11. Gunnar Madsen – Two Hands
While you might not think of Madsen as a piano virtuoso from his work with The Bobs, Two Hands is by far the most impressive instrumental album of 2010.