Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
The album is nominated in both Album Of The Year and the indie-restricted category Alternative Album Of The Year. It may win Album Of The Year based on critical analysis but it certainly will win Alternative.
Listen to tracks: The Suburbs, Ready To Start, Sprawl II, Empty Room, Half Light (No Celebration).
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
But it's right that the record should receive that kind of score because this is literally a work of art from West as it makes hip hop more into a art form. He's inspired by the all lows to create this classic that is metaphorically an abstract portrait of a modern man.
He may be that genre's Radiohead or Thom Yorke. College Dropout or Late Registration is his The Bends, Graduation is his OK Computer, 808s was his Kid A, this record would be his In Rainbows or another OK Computer but like that album more critically acclaimed.
I never heard hip hop with such ambition and really grandiose as this album and it goes within its hype that may have West forgiven.
Listen to tracks: Runaway, Monster, Power, Gorgeous, So Appalled, Lost In The World
Vampire Weekend - Contra
The ambiguous lyrics can be heard from Cousins and Holiday because of the fast pace and the slow but mellow Diplomat's Son which reminds me of a movie made by Woody Allen. But all for a while Vampire Weekend mixes African beats and reggae with pop. It's what indie rock is all about
Listen to tracks: White Sky, Cousins, Giving Up The Gun, Diplomat's Son