Fervor Coulee’s Top Ten Canadian Albums 2010-2019


As with any list of this type, albums could move up and down the list with second and third thought. I considered a lot of music to come up with this list for the Exclaim! editor who solicited it. Unfortunately, none of my albums made their list of 50 Best of the Decade. I had to scratch several stellar creations. I also limited myself to one album per artist, which prevented me from including three Kim Beggs albums, and a couple more from John Wort Hannam and Maria Dunn. This is my list today: if I get to a listing of my favourite hundred albums of the second decade of the century, we’ll check it for consistency.

As with any list of this type, albums could move up and down the list with second and third thought. I considered a lot of music to come up with this list for the Exclaim! editor who solicited it. Unfortunately, none of my albums made their list of 50 Best of the Decade. I had to scratch several stellar creations. I also limited myself to one album per artist, which prevented me from including three Kim Beggs albums, and a couple more from John Wort Hannam and Maria Dunn. This is my list today: if I get to a listing of my favourite hundred albums of the second decade of the century, we’ll check it for consistency.

  1. Buffy Sainte-Marie- Medicine Songs I went back and forth between this album and Power in the Blood as I consider then—unjustly—as a single creation. I play them, usually, back-to-back and on my iMachine the songs play interchangeably, and there are times when I’m not sure which album I am listening to. Upon closer reflection, and additional listens this month, I prefer Medicine Songs, but both are incredible. The year it was released, I had Medicine Songs barely in my Top Twenty. That was a few years ago, and I listen to it on a regular basis, likely monthly. That’s why it is my #1 Canadian album of the decade, a brilliant re-imagining of five decades of music.
  2. John Wort Hannam- Love Lives On My review here.
  3. Maria Dunn- Gathering My review here.
  4. Kacy & Clayton- The Siren’s Song My review here.
  5. Ann Vriend- For the People in the Mean Time There are eleven songs on this album; given a bit of time, I could think of a reason for any single one to top a list of songs of the decade.
  6. Ron Sexsmith- The Last Rider My thoughts here.
  7. John Reischman & the Jaybirds- Vintage & Unique My review here.
  8. Kim Beggs- Beauty and Breaking My review here.
  9. Northern Cree- It’s A Cree Thing My thoughts here.
  10. Mike Plume Band- Born By The Radio My thoughts here.

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