This is a very delayed mix of the pieces I wrote for various sites about 2010 in music, I urge everyone to check out these albums, I love every single one of them.
(written for http://www.ireadfaux.com and wwww.fadedglamour.co.uk)
Lightspeed Champion – Life Is Sweet, Pleased To Meet You
A somewhat darker and stronger album than debut ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’, Dev Hynes has grown up into a fully-fledged star. While the album perhaps didn’t get the recognition it deserved, the songs speak for themselves. ‘Marlene’ is full of dramatic strings and melancholic lyrics that you cannot help but sing along to, while ‘Sweetheart’ sounds like a Beach Boys b-side, romping wondrously along.
Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring
A second, much darker album from team Campesinos! (lets not forget that ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’ is an extended EP) the songs capture the imagination. ‘Straight In At 101’ provides us with memories of the ‘fun’ ‘Hold On Now, Youngster’ era of the band, but it’s bonus track ‘Too Many Flesh Suppers‘ that highlights the bands abilities as songwriters, being their darkest song to date. A clear indication that the band are only going to get better as they get older.
Mystery Jets – Seratonin
While ‘Twenty One’ saw a band saw the band moving into pop territories, ‘Serotonin’ is a sure sign that they were not going to stop anytime soon. Opener ‘Alice Springs’ thunders along as a typical tale of lost love, while first single ‘Flash A Hungry Smile’ was exactly what the fans wanted to hear. Even some of the gentler moments on the album like ‘It’s Too Late’ and ‘The Girl Is Gone’ highlight the sheer talent of the band.
Carl Barat – Carl Barat
Possibly overshadowed by the reunion of The Libertines, Carl’s self-titled release proved that he didn’t just stick to one genre. Tracks like The Magus and The Fall showcase a darker side while single Run With The Boys and Je Regrette, Je Regrette are the guitar tunes that the lost Libertines fans wanted to hear.
The Drums – The Drums
Originally touted as yet another mainstream guitar band, The Drums broke free of this tag with the personality behind their songs and the sheer force of their live show. Let’s Go Surfing proved to be one of the summers festival anthems, with Forever And Ever Amen and Down By The Water being personal favourites.