So, this is possibly the last entry when it comes to my look back to 2010.
I’ve long decided on my Top 10 Albums but to bring them in order was a hard decision. But here you go!
#10 3OH!3 – Streets of Gold
Yes, good single, good album track and now good album. After listening to three tracks on the previous album so often I couldn’t hear them anymore I was pretty excited about this album and in the end it did deliver. It’s not perfect and sadly not as kick ass as WANT but still has the nice catchy tunes that will stay in your head for a long time. And for the most part the album is just a great fun.
Best Songs: Double Vision, See You Go, House Party
#9 Mao Abe – POP
None of the songs on this album were good enough to be on my other lists but as a whole package you can’t really go wrong with this album. It is fun and she shows different styles even though I still wished she would have been a little bit more creative and had tried some more stuff. But that just means I can be curious about the next album.
Best Songs: I wanna see you, Mada, Tsutaetai Koto
#8 Berryz Koubou – 6th Otakebi Album
Berryz Koubou just had a strong year all around. We got with almost every single two songs and they never really disappointed. So it was double the fun. Also, with songs like Otakebi Boy WAO! they got back to more fun songs and even though I still can’t stand Risako’s voice I can’t help but see it as a step in the right direction that Yurina got to be the center once. Oh, and Dakisimete Dakishimete is on the album which is my favorite so yeah <3
Best Songs: Dakishimete Dakishimete, Otakebi Boy WAO!, Seishun Bus Guide
#7 UPLIFT SPICE – MEMENTO
With UPLIFT SPICE you just know what you’ll get. Great rock tracks with a unique voice and memorable melodies. And that’s really all I want from them. I have to be honest and say that I think Omega Rhythm was a bit better because I really liked to listen to it all the way through but on the other hand when it comes to MEMENTO I know what songs I prefer. Well, I’m happy as long as there’s a new album next september. I really like that pattern.
Best Songs: Queen Anne’s Revenge, Cosmology, Mönster
#6 Ayumi Hamasaki – Rock’n’Roll Circus
Everyone who read my review knows that I think that this album was a step in the right direction. Back. For me it felt like from somwhere between Rainbow and Memorial Addresse and while most people didn’t like it and seem to prefer Love Songs (which isn’t going to show up on this list) I think this was the better Ayu album of 2010.
Best Songs: Don’t Look Back, Microphone, Last Links, count down
#5 AKB48 – Kamikyoku Tachi
The problem I have with this album is that it doesn’t feel like an album. It feels like a collection of all the singles AKB released in that time. Every fucking B-Side is on there. Everyone who bought the singles must feel like a fool. Except for those who buy allt hose Singles for Handshakes and the likes. But yeah, after all those were some pretty strong singles and also the B-sides were quality stuff. Nothing to complain about really.
Best songs: RIVER, Sakura no Shiori, Tobenai Agehachou
#4 JASMINE – GOLD
Oh look, it’s a debut album! But a damn good one. If you haven’t heard about JASMINE yet, where do you live? I have to be honest and say that the singles were the best tracks and album tracks were good, but not as good. But that doesn’t make the album any worse, it just means I had too big expectations. But what do you expect after songs like THIS IS NOT A GAME and sad to say?
Best Songs: THIS IS NOT A GAME, sad to say, L.I.P.S.
#3 2NE1 – To Anyone
Just like last year, 2NE1 still going strong. It was a long wait for the album but I guess it was worth the wait. The dance tracks are great and I even got to like the slower songs a lot more. My sister just loves Apa (Slow). Plus the solo songs and remix and english version. I guess this album offers everything you want from a korean album. Yes, there’s a difference. I’m curious how there songs will turn out in Japanese and if they will be successful in the US. I doubt it but let’s just drink some tea and see.
Best Songs: I Don’t Care (Reggae Mix), Can’t Nobody, Clap Your Hands
#2 Tokyo Jihen – SPORTS
I’m still not sure about #1 and #2 but since I’ve listened to SPORTS not as much as to the #1 this album gets the second spot. SPORTS is great. I already blogged about it because it blew me away. Listen to it. Every single song would be perfect as a single release. You won’t get bored when you listen to it the whole way through and in the end you’ll want to listen to it again. It’s great.
Best Songs: Sweet Spot, Noudouteki Sanpunkan, Kachiikusa
#1 BENNIE BECCA – BENNIE BECCA
It’s pop, it’s rock, it’s hip hop, it’s Japanese, it’s English, it’s the perfect mixture. This album is just so much fun and is it really a surprise when those great artists work together? I just wish that I wasn’t a one time only thing. I want more from them. I can’t go back to just one of them T_T
Best Songs: Ashita, Dilemmas, KAMINARI GIRL