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Monday, December 20, 2010

Top 20 Albums of 2010: 18-17

18. Goldfrapp - Head First



Though I can’t say the incredible promise of the singles was completely fulfilled in the album as a whole, I was nonetheless impressed by this shift in sound from Goldfrapp. By exorcising the whole electro-folk thing they had going on with the last album, they found aural success with a new bright, summery sound. It was an album of standouts and more atmospheric pieces, which at times made for an odd, disjointed listening experience. But it’s one of the band’s best releases and deserved to be far more successful than it was.

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17. Linda Sundblad - Manifest



The long awaited follow-up to this Swedish pop princess's debut, Manifest represented a subtle shift in sound for the singer. And while the r&b leanings on parts of the album suited her voice, it was the bombastic numbers that cemented this as an early Spring highlight. They don’t make pop albums like this in any part of the world but Scandinavia. She's like the poppier Robyn--minus the experimentation and indie-cred. It can be a good thing and a bad thing, but this is bubblegum pop at its best.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

love the Goldfrapp album, surely one of the more underrated albums of the year! It's such a great pop album, Dreaming is just deliriously good. ah well. Can't wait to see what tops your list if this is "only" 18!!

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