The Grammy Awards are over, but here are my final notes on albums and songs from 2010 that I failed to write about during the year itself. Take heed of my warnings. Heed I say!
One Sentence Reviews of Other Albums from 2010
Titus Andronicus’ The Monitor (March)
It’s an ambitious concept album (inspired by the American Civil War), but the lead singer’s complete inability to carry a tune has dropped them from my playlists. “Theme from ‘Cheers’”
Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid (May)
You should own this stellar album, and go see her equally magical live show if you have the chance Continue reading
Wake Up and Say Goodbye (2008) had not been out for very long when David Usher announced on Facebook, the most trusted of media outlets, that he was going to start working on an acoustic album. “I like acoustic albums!” thousands of his Facebook friends agreed. He even created a space on his website for fans to vote on songs they’d like to hear reworked acoustically. My vote is not on the album—but, in all fairness to David, I suggested a song from his Moist days…and in greater fairness: who the hell am I to decide?
The Mile End Sessions, named after his neighbourhood in Montreal, still does well even without my input. Continue reading
When Arcade Fire’s Funeral came out in 2004, it took me several listens to appreciate it and several more to love it. I never had the same adoration for Neon Bible, but the final track on that album made my body a cage for three years as I waited for the Montreal based band’s next effort. The Suburbs has blown me away.
I immediately liked the sound of a lot of the songs, but it wasn’t until I sat in isolated contemplation with the lyrics that I fully grasped the masterpiece of this story of the suburban war. Continue reading
It’s been a busy year for Great Big Sea. Sean McCann released his solo disc Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes, Alan Doyle was Allan A’Dayle in the mediocre film Robin Hood, and now the band has put out its 9th studio album (not including their two compilation albums) Safe Upon the Shore. Continue reading