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Best Alt Albums of 2010

C. Cantore
The list author says: "This is a brief list of some of the albums which I kept coming back to (and which still reside on my iPod) over 2010."
Scratch My Back
Scratch My Back
"A collection of covers, many fairly obscure, performed by Gabriel in fine form with orchestral arrangements.  Some of the songs, most notably "Mirrorball" Elbow cover, "The Boy and the Bubble" (Paul Simon) and "Listening Wind" (Talking Heads) are remarkably reinterpreted."
Alive As You Are
Alive As You Are
"A terrific album with a Beatlesesque sound."
Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
"Hypnotic electronic album.  Cross between Underworld and Aphex Twin.  Can't wait to see them live (possibly at Coachella?)."
Recovery [Edited]
Recovery [Edited]
"Great "comeback" album.  I love the highly produced hybrid songs like "Cinderella Man", "Going Through Changes" and "Not Afraid"."
Haywire
Haywire
"I'm a sucker for well-produced country.  Turner's wonderful voice and good songs makes this a winner."
A Thousand Suns
A Thousand Suns
"The salty/sweet sound of semi-hip hop combined with rock/ballad singer Chester Bennington (truly the Lou Gramm of his generation) has long been a formula for alt-rock radio.  This particular album has a conceptual feel, with several standouts including "Waiting for the End" and "The Catalyst"."
Le Noise
Le Noise
"Le Noise is a good album but the song "Love and War" is why it made my list.  One of those wistful songs that echoes Young's salad days of the Harvest/After the Gold Rush."
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
""Over the top" is a good description of LaMontagne's vocal style, which sounds more derivative than genuine.  I figure a few years from now, this guy will have a permanent gig in Vegas.  Nevertheless, this album is very good and the songs "Repo Man" and "For the Summer" are standouts."
Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
"A very good comeback album."
The Social Network
The Social Network
"The movie is great and the soundtrack is great."