TRANSFERENCE by spoon
Released: January 2010
I’m afraid Spoon’s consistent run of fantastic records has ended. With Transference, Spoon releases another Spoon record, just not as good as the group’s previous efforts. Opener, “Before Destruction”, lacks the immediate power of “Don’t Make Me a Target”, “Beast and Dragon Adored”, etc. The first single, “Written in Reverse” is the definitive highlight here, however there is nothing else that jumps out right away. Due to high anticipation I was initially extremely let down with Transference, but after several listens I can certainly say that this is a good album, just not as good as the high standards Spoon has set for themselves.
Best of Transference – “Written in Reverse” [LISTEN], “Is Love Forever”, “I Saw the Light”
GORILLA MANOR by local natives
Released: February 2010
Local Natives’ debut album has been compared to Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes. I wouldn’t look too far into those comparisons except for maybe the harmonies. Gorilla Manor is much busier and less folky than Fleet Foxes, but more accessible than Grizzly Bear. The scattering percussion is what sets Local Natives the most apart from these comparisons, building up to chanting choruses and transitions. With Gorilla Manor, Local Natives have begun what could be a very promising career ahead.
Best of Gorilla Manor – “Wide Eyes” [LISTEN], “Camera Talk”, “Stranger Things”
THE WILD HUNT by the tallest man on earth
Released: April 2010
The Wild Hunt is the second album from Swede Kristian Matsson’s moniker, The Tallest Man on Earth. Consisting of 10, almost all-acoustic tunes, The Wild Hunt is my personal introduction to The Tallest Man on Earth and I’m wondering why it took me so long to listen to this guy. Honestly there is not a weak track on this album. Listen to it now.