Reviews in 200 Words

Top Ten Albums of 2010: #3

In Top Ten Albums of the Year: #3 on December 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

#3 Album of the year:
Micah Ling:
Broken Bells, “Broken Bells”

All truly great songs are a little disturbing. This album is full of beautifully disturbing moments. This is The Shins + Danger Mouse, but so much more. Come on and get the minimum, before you open up your eyes. We cope with reality as best we can, all of us, every day. We escape as often as possible, because normalcy is boring. Should you want to cross the line, which way do you want to fly? These songs take us to another place—literally transport us to something alternate.
Key Tracks: “The High Road,” “The Ghost Inside,” “October.”

***

Jay Cullis:

Sufjan Stevens, “The Age of Adz”
It’s like Sufjan and Kanye got together over Courvoisier, discussing Stephen Hawking’s new book. Vocoder? It’s here. Metaphysical musing over crackling, bass-heavy beats? Yep. The only thing missing is a Pusha T verse.
What isn’t missing is intricacy. This is a complex record the way “Crime and Punishment” is a complex novel. There’s a lot to wade through – especially once you get past the sea change in Sufjan’s approach to his art. It’s the story of a man beset with worry, finding hope in as many unlikely places as he does in comfortable ones.
Key Tracks: “Too Much,” “Vesuvius,” “I Walked”
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