So… even by sticking to the usual rules (no tracks by the same artist – apart from guest appearances), and by being fairly ruthless with some overplayed pop hits that I liked a lot but didn’t feel like writing about again, I still couldn’t fit my tracks of the year into a top 50. For the first time ever. Does this mean 2010 is the best year for music in years? I’m not sure. I’ve certainly been fairly obsessively keeping track of things this year, even if I haven’t written as much, which probably helps.
Anyway, some classics in the long journey ahead, but to kick things off, for the first time, here are my tracks of the year, #75-#51. We might get down to the 30s by the end of the week…
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Simplicity is often beautiful. As here, where we basically get three and a half minutes of the majestic Ms Monae’s face, Sinead-style (down to the tears). And what else do you need? There’s a lot going on in the music here (which, by the way, I prefer to Tightrope), and the measured video counters that perfectly. It should feel claustrophobic, but instead it’s wide open. Awesome.