So I am closing the book, finally, on 2010, and moving on to consider what 2011 may bring. But I do have a few final thoughts and corrections:
- Danger Mouse did not produce the Black Keys’ 2010 release Brothers, as I erroneously stated; he produced their previous album, 2008’s Attack and Release. Incidentally, I recently acquired Brothers, and it is freaking excellent, loaded to the gills with juicy riffs and rhythms. It may end up being my favorite album of 2010 when all is said and done.
- Bryan Ferry’s Olympia has grown on me with every listen. It’s all swirling eddies on the surface, but there actually is a there there if you take time to look for it.
- I said that Aloe Blacc’s voice was “sweet with a little grit in the grand lineage of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Bill Withers.” In fact, the more I listen to him, the more he just flat-out sounds like Bill Withers, period. It would be interesting to cross-reference Aloe’s birthday with where Bill was on tour nine months previously…Aloe’s old man might be bummed, though.