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Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle (2010)

Gogol Bordello are unarguably one of the finest live acts today. Like its predecessors, their fifth album struggles to maintain the band's uniquely spontaneous energy through some interesting choices in production. Their stella...
 
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MGMT – Congratulations (2010)

After the monster success of Oracular Spectacular, MGMT take a somewhat predictable misstep in trying to apply a linearly re-hashed formula with too much incoherence, repetition, and stylistic regurgitation.

 
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Caribou – Swim (2010)

Dan Snaith's newest album, Swim, strives for a versatile type of dance music. While different than his usual offerings, Swim is a fascinating success regardless.
 
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Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (2010)

With cameos ranging from Lou Reed to Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz's Damon Albarn continues to tout unbelievable consistency and stylistic prowess on his most selfless release yet. It is also one of the most stunning of his storied career.

 
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ODDSAC: A Review

Animal Collective's visual album, ODDSAC, is reviewed. Taking influence from the horror-film genre, its thematic cohesiveness may come as a surprise to those anticipating a series of discordant images and sounds.
 
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The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme (2010)

One of Sweden's premiere electronic-pop acts releases their first full-length album in four years. With both infectious and atmospheric moments, its inconsistency issues are overshadowed by several gems.

 
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The Morning Benders – Big Echo (2010)

The Morning Benders' highly anticipated album, Big Echo, finds the four-piece at a place of confidence and cohesiveness.
 
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jj – jj n° 3 (2010)

Hugely anticipated follow-ups are prone to being rush jobs. After last year's acclaim, many wonder whether jj's newest album will appear triumphant or weakly conceived.

 
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Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago (2010)

Jonathan Meiburg and company return on their sixth album for more of what we love from Shearwater.
 
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Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2010)

Yeasayer's highly anticipated follow-up proves to be one of 2010's first great albums.