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MY 2010 FAVES by PAUL WELLER favourite record all year was Erland & The Carnival. I My love it because you can't pin it down. It's got folk, electronica, psych and great dark tunes. We had the pleasure of sharing the stage with them in London and New York and they were great. Erland's a great singer and frontman too. They've got a new album out in 2011 which is gonna be great.I also loved the Tame Impala album Inner Speaker. They're a young Aussie band. I suppose you'd call it guitar rock music, but it has a nice psychedelic sound to it too.

I like Devlin's album - very clever lyrics. He played with us recently at Wembley and was great.

Bowie's Station To Station re-issue good, but I wish they was had put Tony Visconti's original and mixes on the tracks an bonus disc. I would have loved heard that stuff.oved to have hea Li b Chris Morris was genius, as As for films, Four wr Lions by w him. gr always from Funny and sad, like all great comedy.

1 PAUL WELLER Wake Up The Nation The Jam legend's astonishing middle-age resurgence continued with an album as timely and relevant as any in Weller's 36-year career. Wired and angry, jagged, contagious and totally inspiring. Trees, the album's sad but defiant mini popopera, is one of the most brilliant songs in an brilliant songs in an already mighty canon.

Rise and shine.

CEE 2 CEE-LO The Lady Killer The Gnarls Barkley frontman's solo career has been on an ever-upward curve. This latest instalment had not only F*** You, a single to match Crazy, but also swinging jazz, trip-hop and retooled Motown licks matched to the finest t singing of his career.

3 JANELL M JANELLE MONAE The Archandroid The girl from Kansas took the yellow brick road out of town and ended up in outer space by way of Atlanta. This swirling blend of Bowie narrative, Prince invention and strains of neoclassical rap growing out of an electronic Metropolis was a message from the future.

4 ROBERT PLANT Band Of Joy Led Zeppelin will remain unreform long as Robert Plant continues to his musical mojo as successfully as does here. The sequel to Raising S loses Alison Krauss, but Plant cont to explore new territory with the awesome vocals of Patty Griffin.

med as mine s he Sand tinues 5 nd KANYE WEST My Beautiful Dark, Twisted Fantasy Much delayed, mega expensive an a complete contrast to the autotune-crazed predecessor 808s Heartbreak, this was the most explosive and outrageous album o Kanye's career. Few have the prese and personality to match these ga soundscapes.

s & of ence audy HE 6 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS Mojo One of the great American bands deliver a live-sounding album whe their effortless blend of blues, cou ere y untry, f lk d folk and reggae merge with the most compelling narrative highway adventures Pett h some of ives and of Petty's career.

7 SARCADE FIRE The Suburbs Reconsidering his youth in Texan suburbia inspired Arcade frontman Win Butler on a third album where themes of alienation and hope meet a rich blend of influences and the Fire's natural euphoria.

8 GIL SCOTT HERON I'm New Here A short but welcome return from one of the true godfathers of rap after a long period of drug addiction and prison. Heron's natural honesty and charisma is matched to lean but penetrating soundscapes.

9 LOS LOBOS Tin Can Trust The great Chicano rockers have charted a sure course through American roots music for three decades. All their instinctive interplay and in-depth knowledge is felt on this bi-lingual set.

10 ALISTAIR ROBERTS Too Long In This Condition Roberts' development from lo-fi troubadour to the darkest recesses of the folk tradition reached a peak here. The stringed finery and lusty accompaniment complement the Scottish singer's yearning vocals. A condition to savour.

11 PHIL MANZANERA Corroncho When not playing with Roxy Music, Phil Manzanera's extensive areer has often been inspired by tin American upbringing. Eclectic nfectious. Arriba!

solo c his Lat and in 12 The de have u but th secon reflect fearles of gro CORINNE BAILEY RAE The Sea eath of her husband Jason could upended Corinne's dazzling career he best compositions on her d album show considered tions and emotional candour. A ss songwriter facing the challenge owing up in public, magnificently.

13 Weari even m New J impas their THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM American Slang ng their Springsteen influences more openly than Arcade Fire, the Jersey crew came through in ssioned barnstorming form on defiantly punk-fuelled third album.

14 are no GORILLAZ Plastic Beach Damon Albarn's cartoon band o joke. They are a meeting place for some great musical adventures with Mick Jones and Paul Simonon together for the first time since The Clash. Lou Reed, Bobby Womack, Mark E Smith and more also help fly the musical Jolly Roger.

15 NEIL YOUNG Le Noise Just Neil in a room with master producer Daniel Lanois at the controls. It could have been a recipe for indulgence, but instead it concentrated on Young's sonic invention and songwriting to make his best new album in years.

16 NAS AND DAMIAN Dis MARLEY stant Relatives A brilli and reggae and Jamaic hop don N Damian (so Marley forg magnificen partnership blistering ly tackling his present day involvemen Africa. ant merging of rap e, New York ca as hipas and on of Bob) ge a nt musical p with yrics storical and y colonial nt in 17 MAVIS STAPLES You Not Soul legend civil rights a 71, ensures traditionals and expert covers gain biting relev under the d of produce Jeff Tweedy AVIS APLES Are Alone d and 60s activist Mavis, s gospel s ly chosen n vance direction er y.

18 STRO SIERRA MAESTRO Sonando Ya A delirious distillation of old and modern Cuban styles marks this colourful album by a veteran band now re-energised by younger members. Enlivening, fulfilling and fun.

19 MIDLAKE The Courage Of Others Ever-changing Texan combo alight on English 60s folk rock. Warm rushes of guitar, spooky flutes, close harmonies and beautiful bucolic melancholy merge in a superbly realised musical reinvention.

20 BUDDY GUY Living Proof Chess legend Buddy - aged 74 and with 57 years in the business - is let off the leash to show that his molten guitar licks endless resource and licks, resolve are still shining as strongly as ever Proof indeed ever. indeed.


MOJO WORKING: Robert Plant FUTURE SHOCK: Janelle Monae DAZZLING: Corinne Bailey Rae NO JOKE: Gorillaz PICK OF THE BUNCH: Paul Weller
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Date:Dec 24, 2010

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