Lonesome Onry and Mean

Lonesome Onry And Mean's Top 11 Obscure 2010 Albums

As per previous years, Lonesome Onry and Mean isn't going to bother with running down all this year's major-label releases. Ranking the relative merits of Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert is the Houston Chronicle's job, we suppose.

Seeing major players like Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp atop the annual Americana charts, meanwhile, just kinda soured our stomach a bit. Big fish in a small bowl; yawn... So here's LOM's annual list of little guys and girls, up-and-comers, and over-the-hillers who stayed in heavy rotation on our player in 2010.

11. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More: No one was more surprised than LOM as this odd English freak-folk outfit raced up the Billboard pop music charts in 2010. Of course we were blown away by "Little Lion Man" and all that it summed up about love and loss and screwing things up in four minutes, but there's way more than one hit single to this smarty-pants British outfit. Boo on those who are already declaring that Mumford's 15 minutes are up. The proof will be in the next album. "I really fucked it up this time / didn't I, my dear?"

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