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
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
Hawksley Workman (the stage name of Canadian Ryan Corrigan) experiments constantly, so I’m never sure if his mood of the moment will translate into music I like. “Jealous of My Cigarette” led me to buy his next album, the enjoyable Lover/Fighter, but I didn’t care for his softer follow-up Treefull of Starling. I avoided him for half-a-decade, but, due to a lack of bands I like releasing anything new over the last few months, I decided to give him another shot. He was on the longlist for the Polaris, so I figured he must be in some sort of state of revival. Continue reading