Which method should you use to determine what makes an album the best in any given year? Artistic merit? Originality? Or perhaps you can just divide the number of songs you love on an album by the total amount of tracks it has and see which one comes out with the highest rating?
When it came to choosing Admiral Fallow’s debut album Boots Met My Face as the best of 2010, I just went with my heart. I first got my hands on a copy of the record in March and have revisited it again and again throughout the year.
However, I was oblivious to just how attached I had become to these 10 eloquently crafted songs until I was abroad on holiday during the summer, far away from my record collection. It was only then that I realised it was actually possible to miss an album.
It therefore makes me incredibly proud to announce Admiral Fallow as winners of The Pop Cop’s award for the best album of 2010, following in the footsteps of previous recipients The National, Sigur Rós and The Sounds.
Louis Abbott, Sarah Hayes, Kevin Brolly, Joe Rattray and outgoing member Tom Stearn were on hand to pick up their prize.
Louis: “Holy shit! Framed and everything. Beautiful, thank you very much.”
Sarah: “Aw, cool.”
Louis: “I don’t think we’ve ever won anything before. Cheers! We were very lucky getting the Arts Council money to make this record. It wouldn’t have been half as good if we’d had to scrimp on it. So many people to thank.”
Has 2010 exceeded your expectations?
Kevin: “It’s been a standout year.”
Louis: “Every year has always been a nice progression from the get-go but this year has been quite a step forward as opposed to just little baby steps. Right now we’re like a blossoming toddler. The cuteness has gone, the football skills are getting better. Then it’s…”
Sarah: “…off to school.”
Louis: “Yeah, we’ll be getting started on the second record and see where we go from there.”
So here are The Pop Cop’s top 10 albums of 2010, each described in Twitter-friendly 140 characters:
4. FRIGHTENED RABBIT – THE WINTER OF MIXED DRINKS
It’s been the year of the Rabbit as they took major strides towards indie-rock stardom with an album of singalong choruses. And sing we did.
Skip The Youth
7. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – TOURIST HISTORY
Everybody needs a modern party album. Silent Alarm was once the favoured option, now it’s Tourist History. It’s fresh, urgent and addictive.
Something Good Can Work
9. DAN MANGAN – NICE, NICE, VERY NICE
The Canadian’s second album is a work of rare quality in a packed genre. His sincere, hearty voice will get you willingly lost in his world.
The Indie Queens Are Waiting