Reviews in 200 Words

Top Ten Albums of 2010: #5

In Top Ten Albums of the Year: #5 on December 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

#5 Album of the year:
Micah Ling:
Tame Impala  “InnerSpeaker”

These guys describe themselves as a, “psych, dream pop band,” and there’s really no better way of putting it. They’re Australian, and they will, without fail, remind you of Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. Really. Play this for someone who doesn’t know these guys and bet them that it wasn’t recorded in the 60’s or 70’s. Yet, there’s something very fresh about them—as if they had been isolated somewhere and came to this sound all on their own—some sort of weird fate and talent experiment. These songs won’t lose you to the haze—they’ll grab you and ground you.
Key Tracks: “Lucidity,” “Solitude is Bliss,” and “Island Walking.”
*****
Jay Cullis:

Joanna Newsom, “Have One on Me”
When it was announced that Joanna Newsom’s new album would be a three-LP affair, reactions ranged from uncontrollable joy to uncontrollable exasperation. Newsom is known for challenging songs that meander as much as they inspire – and confound.
A year later the album is still unfurling its beauty, slowly revealing itself like a sapling growing into a Redwood. Songs get stuck in craws, elusive meanings confound, and lyrics devastate with needle-point precision. It might be sprawling, but it’s a sprawl worth the investment.
Key Tracks: “Good Intentions Paving Company,” “In California.”

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