A Perfect 10:
10 Years of 10 Years
In that ten-year period were three other albums, Division (2008), Feeding the Wolves (2010), and Minus the Machine (2012). In total, these five albums make-up what I consider to be one of the best bands in rock ‘n’ roll today. I’ve chosen ten of their best songs—two from each album—to show the best these past ten years of 10 Years have had to offer.
The Autumn Effect
“Wasteland” does not demonstrate the heaviest of 10 Years, but it’s not one of their ballads either. Catchy and beautiful, it’s worthy of a top-ten spot in 10 Years’ best songs.
"The Autumn Effect"
The song’s lyrics are equally brilliant, the addiction talking to the addicted. In the first verse, you view the beginning of an addiction:
This stranger is a little dangerous.
The cat was killed from curious thrills.
Good luck with life,
‘Cause you can’t, you can’t, you can’t
Kill me that easily.
Now to pin it on me
The one you invited.
For redemption, for forgiveness.
Beg, plead, scream,
Sorry I’m not listening.
Hasek tells his listeners:
Can’t you see that the answer is loud and clear?
Feeding the Wolves
"Don't Fight It"
The lyrics capture the emotions behind a desperate loving plea for someone’s lover to come back, to not fight the feelings if they won’t go away, or return.
"Now Is The Time (Ravenous)"
The music industry can be a place of great frustration for many dedicated musicians, including 10 Years, who in this song (and “Shoot It Out”) angrily fights their label and the industry through lyrics. 10 Years reassures fellow musicians to stay who they are, not to mold into what the industry wants.
Minus the Machine
I also love the first line of the song:
From Birth To Burial
"From Birth To Burial"
Everywhere from synthesizer to rap to melodious piano can be found in this song, leading many critics to ask, Where is 10 Years going with this? Other songs, including “Crimson Kiss,” include screaming in a vein that hasn’t before been tapped by them, and my ears haven’t adjusted to that change yet. People minds move with inertia, they fight change, and this transitional phase that 10 Years is in pushes the opposite direction of many of their fans. They are straying from their trademark sound, and people don’t want that.
“Beautiful” from Division
“Drug of Choice” from Division
“So Long, Good-bye” from Division
“…And All The Other Colors” from Minus the Machine
“Forever Fields (Sowing Season)” from Minus the Machine
“Fade Into (The Ocean)” from Feeding the Wolves
“Waking Up the Ghost” from Feeding the Wolves
“Chasing the Rapture” from Feeding the Wolves
“Vertigo” from From Birth To Burial
“Survivors?” from From Birth To Burial
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.