• Best of 2010

    Feb 2 2011, 5:10 di midk

    Yes, yes, I am very late posting this, and for that I am ashamed. But better late than never...

    Best albums of 2010

    1. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
    Sufjan Stevens' "sound" evolves completely, incorporating gorgeous analog synths and obtuse, syncopated 7/8 drum kit patterns (à la 15 Step by Radiohead). He also finally sheds the layers upon layers of geographic and historical references in favor of a much more personal approach to the lyrics. The resulting album feels initially foreign, and takes a few listens to warm up to, but quickly reveals itself to be a sprawling work of almost unequalled depth. I Walked is one of the most immediate tracks, with some of the most beautiful, soaring synths I've ever heard, but takes many listens to reveal all of its intricacies. Perhaps most impressive is the closer Impossible Soul, if not just for somehow managing to justify every last one of its 25 minutes, but providing several of the album's many stop-everything-and-listen moments as well. …