December 19, 2010
Top Ten Musical Moments of 2010:
My Whole World In Light
Top Ten (Plus One) Musical Moments of The Year:
10 The sublime lyrical hook on the chorus of Goldfrapp's Head First: "My whole world in light." I fear this song passed by most people, but it's a piece of euphoric beauty that needs to be revisited. Do it! Hear it now.
9 The beautiful vocal by Theo Hutchcraft on Hurt's album closer, The Water. The album's quietest moment, The Water's verses remind me a lot of The Blue Nile. Interestingly, the boys produced this song themselves with no outside help. Hear it now.
8 The glitter cannon moment at 3:10 in Kylie Minogue's Can't Beat The Feeling when Stuart Price and Kylie send the track into the stratosphere. A rolling synth line comes in to lay chills all over me. Hear it now. Second fave Aphrodite moment: the middle eight of Too Much (2:00) - "Can't say, can't say what it is..." LOVE Kylie.
7 The pounding finale of Take That's epic track, Kidz. Hear it now.
6 In Bim's shimmering Head Over Heels, I constantly replay 2:53 to 3:25, during which the song swirls to a climax. Chill inducing. Hear it now.
5 The acoustic section of Kelis's Brave, at 2:24. What I love most is how Brave is a personal manifesto - a declaration that acknowledges strength comes from weakness and even bad choices. Hear it now.
4 The euphoric middle eight (at 2:19) of the finest love song this year, Cee Lo Green's I Want You. Here is my favorite part of the lyric: "Oh, I'll even quit my job. Lovin' you, I'll make it my job. Thank you Lord, thank you lord! This is it, my god!" Hear it now.
3 Judie Tzuke's daughters Bailey and Tallula singing the middle eight on If (When You Go). It's a perfect, almost haunted counterpoint to their mother's warmer, melancholy tone and the most spine-tingling moment of a perfect song. Hear it now.
2 The closing 40 seconds of Elli Goulding's This Love (Will Be Your Downfall), my most played song of the year according to LastFM. This is hard to explain in words, but there is something that goes very deep in the way that song ascends into the heavens and then gently comes down to earth with a guitar strum in the final moment. The best music often ends up associated with something tangible in life, and this has become very personal (and, honestly, sad) for me. Hear it now.
1 The final 90 seconds of Goldfrapp's glorious Giorgio Moroder/Tangerine Dream-esque masterpiece, Dreaming. The zippery synth vamp still gives me chills. The song and the Head First album are the most underrated of 2010. Hear it now.
and the Plus One goes to...
The extended instrumental section from 2:00 to 2:52 in The Pipettes's Need A Little Time. This was worthy of the highs on their debut album, which is sayin' something.
photo by Slimane