I cannot believe Grinderman II finished above BR. What a strange list… is the Ferry album any good? And Killing Joke!!??!!

Here’s the list

10. Paul Weller

Album: Wake Up the Nation
Backstory: The Modfather returned this year with his 10th solo album, which includes two tracks with former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton.

9. Swans

Album: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Backstory: Setting the Angels of Light aside, Michael Gira reconvened his legendary no-wave act for its first studio album in 14 years.

8. Nitzer Ebb

Album: Industrial Complex
Backstory: The electro-industrial act dropped its first new album in 15 years, with contributions from Martin Gore and Alan Wilder.

‘7. Lloyd Cole

Album: Broken Record
Backstory: The former Commotions leader released his first full-band album in a decade, featuring his Small Ensemble bluegrass trio.

6. Grinderman

Album: Grinderman 2
Backstory: Nick Cave and his guitar-heavy Bad Seeds spin-off returned this year with their second collection of electric gut-bucket blues.

5. Devo

Album: Something for Everybody
Backstory: The band’s first CD since 1990 features the core brotherly lineup of Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale.

4. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Album: History of Modern
Backstory: The synthpop outfit returned with its first new album in 14 years — and its first with its classic lineup since 1986.

3. Bryan Ferry

Album: Olympia
Backstory: The crooner reunited with Roxy Music members Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay on his first new songs in eight years.

2. Killing Joke

Album: Absolute Dissent
Backstory: The landmark postpunk act’s original lineup reunited on record for the first time since 1982’s Revelations.

1. Crowded House

Album: Intriguer
Backstory: Preceded by the single “Saturday Sun, ” this is Neil Finn and Co.’s second post-reunion album and sixth overall.

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Publication: Slicing Up Eyeballs

Publication date: 31/12/10