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Albums of  2010 to Check Out

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Tomorrow, In A Year
Tomorrow, In A Year
"Ghostly electro-opera. Not a conventional Knife release, but perhaps my favorite of 2010."
Grey Oceans
Grey Oceans
"Our urban shaman sisters have softened their sound a bit, but their art is still arresting and beautiful."
The ArchAndroid
The ArchAndroid
"A bit overloaded in terms of production, but Janelle's definitely someone to look out for! Very impressive debut."
Have One on Me
Have One on Me
"A lot to digest, but consistently well-crafted and engaging. A nicely matured version of Newsom's famous whimsy."
Sisterworld
Sisterworld
"A sound further refined from the eponymous fourth album, Sisterworld is also a more intense, tribal experience."
Go
Go
"Taking the joyous, sunny sounds of recent Sigur Ros LPs and carving them into shorter, more direct pop gems. Brilliant!"
Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles
"Not as immediately grabbing as their first LP; less shouting, and more melodies. But repeated listens reveal this to be the superior album, and also one of the best of 2010."
How I Got Over
How I Got Over
"Trades in the paranoid intensity of their last few albums for a softer, somber sound that accurately reflects the melancholy mood of the times. Despite the gloom, however, hope perseveres through the album, and strong melodies throughout make "How I Got Over" a stately, if bittersweet, affair."
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"Relying mostly on abrasive lo-fi sounds inspired by 70's industrial groups, it sounds like Maya's trying to scare away the fans she made from "Paper Planes." As long as you're not expecting another fusion album along the lines of Kala (and you don't mind a little noise), this one's still a lot of fun."
Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty
Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty
"Solid the whole way through. Maybe Big Boi's best work yet."
Swanlights
Swanlights
"Not as daring or edgy as he could be, but Antony sounds fresh again, thank goodness. A serene, dreamlike album that feels cohesive, even though it's quite erratic."
Grinderman 2 (Deluxe Edition)
Grinderman 2 (Deluxe Edition)
"Nick and the boys aren't quite as silly the second time around. Instead they take their sexy, psychedelic blues sound to shrieking perfection."
Down There
Down There
"I'm not a huge fan of Avey Tare's recent switch to whiny, humanoid vocals (first heard on Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam) but thankfully that's not a prominent sound on this record. Most of this is dark, murky, and gurgly swamp pop. A welcome return to weirdness."
Special Affections
Special Affections
"Like Patrick Wolf singing a cross between later-period Depeche Mode and the Strokes. Sounds good to me!"
Forget
Forget
"Comparisons to the Smiths and the Cure are inevitable and appropriate, but the fact remains that Twin Shadow makes some great songs that stand out as unique and affecting."
$O$
$O$
"This isn't the breakthrough masterpiece that I wish it was, but its highlights (Evil Boy, Enter the Ninja, Fish paste, & $copie) are brilliant, and show a potential for greatness that will hopefully be realized soon."