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2010, When Talent Continues To Reconstruct Music Print E-mail
Written by BILL OHMS   
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Artists like Lady Gaga, Susan Boyle and the cast of the hit television show Glee continue to show that music is an evolving platform, and that it doesn’t always revolve around looking like Ken and Barbie. While these types of artists continue to make names for themselves and top the charts, the big names like Eminem, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber seem to be here to stay. Here are my top 5 albums of 2010.

1. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream (Capitol)

While Perry had already made a name for herself back in 2008 with her debut album “One of the Boys,” her sophomore album “Teenage Dream” brings her to another level through metaphor and heartfelt lyrics. Thanks to her use of metaphor in songs like “Peacock” and her smash hit “California Gurls,” innocent words like “peacock” and “popsicle” won’t be thought of in the same way. Another word/song used in metaphor on this album, “Firework,” encourages people struggling with internal issues to realize everything is okay and to let their inner self out and enjoy life. There are also songs that focus on failed relationships like “Circle the Drain” as well as songs that focus on just going out and having fun like “Last Friday Night.” From happiness to anger, Perry definitely captures a wide variety of emotion throughout the album!

2. Glee: The Music; Vol. 4 (Columbia)

Ever since the television show Glee began in 2009, the program has incorporated and recreated songs from both the past and present through chart topping albums and singles. What really makes the fourth volume stand out from the rest is that it is more relevant, and it opens up an audience of many ages to where the world is now with music. Some artists covered in this album are Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Britney Spears. While the cast has a bigger focus on current tunes, they still show appreciation for classics like the emotional ballad version of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles and “River Deep Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner.

3. Danny Gokey- My Best Days (19 Recordings/RCA Nashville)

Coming off of the eighth season of American Idol, Danny Gokey has made his debut in country music. With the combination of his powerful raspy voice, lyrics, and country instrumentals in the background; this album has proven Gokey has found a niche in country music. Through both ballad and upbeat songs, Gokey shows he can use his style and create emotion in any song his voice touches.

4. Nicki Minaj -Pink Friday (Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown)

Nicki Minaj has been around the industry for a while now but, with her debut LP Pink Friday, she has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with. She uses her voice and unique rapping skills to bring the listener in to finish each song and want to hear more. It’s amazing how she can go from singing the chorus of a ballad in her hit “Right Thru Me” to completely letting her voice and lyrics go wild while rapping in songs like “Romans Revenge.”

5. Nelly - 5.0 (Derrty Ent., Universal Motown)

Music veteran Nelly returns to the scene with his new album “5.0” after his previous release “Brass Knuckles” was released back in 2008. 5.0 tends to revisit sounds of some of his past hits containing a ballad-like singing/rapping style in songs like his hit “Just A Dream” and “Gone” (featuring Kelly Rowland) as well as some more newer up-tempo songs like “Move That Body.” “Gone” is Nelly and Rowland’s second ballad together after their smash hit “Dilemma” from the album “Nellyville.”

Worst album of 2010

Michael Sarver-Michael Sarver (Dream Records/Fontana)

Like Gokey, Michael Sarver made his debut onto the country music scene after his run on the eighth season of American Idol. While Sarver’s enjoyable country twang fits into the genre well, it feels like it may have been too soon or maybe too rushed to make his big debut. The lyrics and vocals appear to have a lack of meshing together; therefore the songs seem like something is missing. A little more experience combined with a bit more work in the studio could set Sarver up for big success in the future!

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Written by Guest on 2010-12-28 19:28:59
:grin I do agree with Bill's selection of music. Katy Perry and Nelly's albums are pretty good in a sense that they do have human expression, but with different styles.
Kelsey
Written by Guest on 2010-12-28 23:07:47
Kinda funny to see Gokey in there with all the pop stuff, but I agree, I love that album!
Danny Gokey's Album
Written by Guest on 2010-12-28 23:16:07
Im glad Bill liked Danny's album. I love My Best Days too, it has showcased his great vocals. Looking forward for his 2nd album next year.
Danny Gokey
Written by Guest on 2010-12-29 00:25:38
I am thrilled that you included Danny Gokey's "My Best Days" in your five best albums of the year. It is a truly amazing album and every single track is enjoyable, and Gokey effortlessly makes every lyric believable through the passion and emotion in his voice. That passion in his voice is even more powerful during his live shows--he puts on one heck of a live show. It's a perfect mix of high-energy numbers and subdued ballads. He's created a niche in country music that I hope the industry takes notice of--he could wind up opening the door for other soulful, bluesy, and non-twangy singers to enter the world of country music. It also helps that he's a really nice guy. He's an absolute pleasure to meet and talk to. I recommend his live shows to everyone--even if you think you don't like country music, his soul-inspired brand of country with a pop/rock twist is definitely worth a listen. :grin
Danny Gokey's My Best Days
Written by Guest on 2010-12-29 09:14:49
I certainly agree about Danny's CD. I have always loved Danny's bluesy, soulful, rich voice. My Best Days is not your traditional Country album. Congrats also to producer Mark Bright (who has also produced for Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood). Looking forward to Danny's second album in 2011.
Maybe I Need to Give Them a Listen
Written by Guest on 2010-12-29 10:33:12
Since you included Danny Gokey's My Best Days CD in your Top 5, maybe I need to give the other 4 on your list a listen. My Best Days has not gotten the respect I think it should have by some, but you appear to have great taste. Thanks for the suggestions :grin

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