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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!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

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
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Melissa Gibson
Welcome to Stay
Java Joe's Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Denver: if their CDs don't grace your respective shelves, it is likely you'll pass up Melissa Gibson. A folkie with country roots, she balances a world-worn, serious voice with clarity and understated guitar work for a sound that emulates the easy mountain calls of those 70s staples, in the same A.M. radio-friendly fashion.

While Gibson's voice remains the prominent piece in her work (as symbolically befits the entire folk movement), its modest-yet-noted nature is more along the lines of Kris McKay than Mary Margaret O'Hara. There are no bizarre twists, no surprises, just the honest and straightforward formula you'd expect long before running it through. "No Room for Blue" brings a little Joni Mitchell crush to the forefront, and "The Right Road" matches a sing-along attitude with hints of Lucinda Williams; though there is restraint to reach the emotional expanses of those pioneers. There is definitely a feel of a Sunday School teacher singing Sharon, Lois, & Bram songs to a group of giddy, clapping tykes. While this admittedly comes off as charming, the result is too spare to resound; it feels as though the passion has been numbed a bit to keep a jovial disposition.

Not remarkable, though not objectionable, Welcome to Stay is noticeably restrained. This sophomore release runs the risk of being trite despite the honesty it attempts to convey.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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