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Top Ten Albums of 2010: #10

In Top Ten Albums of the Year: #10 on December 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

#10 Album of the year:
Jay Cullis:
The Love Language, “Libraries”

North Carolina’s “The Love Language” return (this time on Merge) with another collection of pop gems that puts modern radio to shame. Not as hook-laden as their first album, the songs are still driven by jingle-jangle guitars and a propulsive rhythm section. Band leader Stu McLamb tackles melodies like a linebacker, squeezing every ounce from his love struck, punch-drunk lyrics. Stories are told – or at least remembered as best as can be expected. Gossip. Breakups. Hangovers. The production is slicker, but the sentiment is no less honest. Sometimes simplicity doesn’t have to mean banality.
Key Tracks: “Brittany’s Back,” “Heart to Tell,” and “Wilmont”


Micah Ling:

Cee Lo Green, “Lady Killer”
Cee Lo Green is the Lady Killer—he’s anything he wants to be because he’s got passion. Play this when you’re looking to be someone else: when you’re looking to escape. This is the album for your alter-ego: let yourself play. You can’t say what you won’t do, cuz you know that you just might. This is everything you want to do—everything you want to say when you go uncensored. Green nails the theatrics. He’s soulful and sexy and smooth. More than anything, he makes you feel good. His voice could rescue you from drowning, and sometimes, everyday life gets that urgent. Let go: sing along.  
Key Tracks: “Bright Lights Bigger City,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” and “Fuck You.”
Stay tuned all week (and next!) Jay and Micah will count down their favorite albums of the year…


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