crash – High Wall
The reedy sway of crash‘s voice will pull you in, come hell or high water. Lamenting the loss of his native New Orleans home, crash simultaneously presents himself with strength and vulnerability. Everything he knew and loved may have been lost to the flood, but he rises above and lets the beauty float up and out from the earthy guitar and slow dance of slogging through loss.
The Dandy Warhols – Autumn Carnival
Eternal Summers – Good As You
The Mary Onettes – Evil Coast
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Child
Ethan Gold – That
The problem with making any sort of list is you inevitably forget something. We are not immune. After publishing our Favorites of 2010 list, we of course came up with a handful of things we should have included. In no particular order, they are:
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks
The National – High Violet
Peter Gabriel – Heroes
The Whigs – Black Lotus
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home*
After publishing this, we’ll probably think of twenty more things, but we’ve got to draw the line somewhere.
*Though released in 2009, it really got its legs in 2010 so we’re counting it anyway.