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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Aqualung
Memory Man
Columbia

Rating: 9/10 ?


February 28, 2007
Memory Man reveals that Matt Hales, aka Aqualung, has learned to use a bit more force since his last time out. Hales' previous release, Strange & Beautiful, was a stunningly simple album that set winsome words in minimal frames; the result was one of the, dare I say it, prettiest releases of 2004.

Enter Memory Man. The electric guitar hits a few seconds into "Cinderella" and you realize things are different. Somehow the force is a delicate one, but there are myriad layers, increased creativity and a whole lot of passion. One thing remains unchanged: Hales delivers on all counts.

Lead single "Pressure Suit" perfectly exemplifies an epic, Brit-rock song that builds and breaks in all the right places. Hales takes what could be a comical relational analogy and makes it work. The album's top track, "Cinderella," contains a hypnotic chorus and a riff that would make Edge green with envy.

Aqualung saves some old material for holdover fans on songs like "The Lake" and "Broken Bones." The latter ends the dizzying ride of an album in fitting fashion, nice and easy. In short, Memory Man will be one of the strongest efforts released in 2007.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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