Friday, December 17, 2010

Albums Of The Year 2010: Honorable Mentions (IV)

Just one album today, but it's worth it.

Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?

There are two ways of making a surprising album. One is to be a band that few people have heard of, and making a great release. The other way is to be a well known band that ditches all the awfulness of a previous release to create something special. Hellogoodbye ditched the autotune and the dancy electronics to create a more natural indie influenced pop album.  "Finding Something To Do" immediately begins the album on a different note than the debut, with driving guitar (yes, real guitar!) and handclaps, putting Hellogoodbye the closest they've ever been to making a rock song. Possibly the strongest track on the album, "When We First Met" is separated into two distinct sections, the light, fluttery acoustic verses and the heavier, pounding chorus, both accompanied by a similar keys melody. The whole album is great, but along with those tracks, "Would It Kill You" and "You Sleep Tonight" are key tracks.

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