5 Most Truly Abysmal Songs of 2010

This is a short list, despite the fact that there were a lot of great songs that filled my mindspace this year.   When I sat down to write this list, though, these are the ones that I was totally enraptured with this year and I will celebrate them here…

Hot Head Show – Whiskey Pocket/The Lemon:  Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to this EP and I usually find myself listening to these two songs in tandem multiple times.   I just can’t get enough of this band and this is also an easy new entry on the 10 Most Truly Abysmal Songs of all-time.


Cage the Elephant – Shake Me Down:  Different than anything on the debut CD and a great indication of the daring and fun sonics to be found on the new Thank You Happy Birthday CD, this song took a couple of listens to really sink in.  I mean, I liked it at first but it wasn’t until after the 3rd or 4th listen that I realize that I LOVE it.


HIM – In Venere Veritas:  Yeah, I know there are some who say HIM is just too slick, pop and “American” anymore, but good music is good music.  I’ve always loved Ville Valo’s voice, which is on full-range display here, and the music is both driving and atmospheric.  Great mix, too!



The Damned Things – We’ve Got a Situation Here:  Scott Ian is becoming somewhat of an icon given that he’s highly sought after for documentary interviews and commentary given his intelligence and wit.  Oh yeah…he’s a kickin guitarist, too, and this “side project” sounds nothing like a side project.  It’s a totally committed band that totally rocks with modern production and respectful nods to influences.   This song has been on my daily “Wake Up” list since it came out in late 2010.


The Sword – Tres Brujas:  I still remember hearing the advance single and loving this song.  Several months later (and one missed concert due to their drummer bailing on them), I’m still loving it.   Perhaps not coincidentally, this one has what seems to be a permanent spot on my daily “Wake Up” list, as well.   And a good time was had by all.


Crash Karma – Awake:  Quite possibly one of the most uplifting and purifying rock songs I’ve ever heard in my life.   Beautiful mix and arrangement, beautiful hooks, and a beautiful vocal performance from our man Edwin.  Yes, this one has been on my daily “Wake Up” list since last April or so.  Rock on, Crash Karma…

2 Responses to “5 Most Truly Abysmal Songs of 2010”

  1. HIM got too polished for me, but I love their first one.

    • moosejuice Says:

      WONDERFUL insight, as always, man. I got into HIM rather late and I agree that their sound now is WAY more polished. I’m really taken with Vallo’s approach and vocal stylings, though, so I admittedly have a big soft spot in my heart for this band.

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