Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top 10 albums of 2010

6 Rose Elinor Dougall – Without Why
Eleven sparky, quirky pop songs. In a world of X Factor and sausage factory, manufactured pop music it is great to find an album like this can even still exist.

I don't know much about her previous existence as one-third of The Pipettes and came to the single Find Me Out with no real expectations. It is a lovely melancholy, string-driven tune and the way she sings 'my cerebral faculties overloaded' would charm the hardest heart. The rest of the album is mostly more up-tempo, but the lyrics are always intelligent and interesting and she has a gift for matching them with catchy tunes and an idiosyncratic range of instrumentation.

Occasionally it can get a bit polite and not spontaneous enough, but it is undoubtably a well crafted bunch of pop songs which makes you happier to have heard them. And sometimes that's enough, more than enough.

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