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Looking back at 2010: Top 10 albums

(email|facebook|linkedin) 1. Shimmering Lights, by The Meligrove Band 2. The Quiet Lamb, by Her Name Is Calla 3. The Suburbs, by The Arcade Fire 4. La Realidad y El Deseo, by Loser Supergroup 5. ...

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Looking back at 2010: “Now we’ve laid our sights on the skies”

(email|facebook|linkedin) September 21, 2010: The Meligrove Band releases Shimmering Lights. Have we gushed enough yet? And by "gushed" we mean this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, or this. We reviewed the album...

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Looking back at 2010: “Screaming out cautionary tales”

(email|facebook|linkedin) November 9, 2010: the last Silent Ballet review. The album stumbles in its first minute, with a hamfisted transition between a sample of an old sci-fi trailer and a downtempo post-rock build. (The film is...

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Looking back at 2010: “We’ll shine divine light on this madness”

(email|facebook|linkedin) Unless you asked Patrick or Tobias, it all seemed perfectly reasonable. We would send a correspondent out to a competing website, make some friends, learn the language, broaden our horizons, and discover some new...

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Looking back at 2010: top 25 tracks

(email|facebook|linkedin) Fifty tracks would have been more like it. So much great material has wound up on the editing room floor that it's downright painful to send this to press. But we've talked enough...

Looking back at 2010: "Some changes"

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February 23, 2010: Deftones release a preview track from comeback album Diamond Eyes.

This was a bittersweet development. Sweet, because any new Deftones release is 24-point font headline news. And bitter? Original bass player Chi Cheng still laid in a minimally conscious state from his November 2008 car accident. This way, over a year's worth of material — sessions commencing in fall 2007 and necessarily halted at the time the crash — were set aside for an altogether new tracklist, composed with Sergio Vega on bass. The remaining band members were effectively shelving what was possibly the last of Cheng's output (the “Eros sessions”), mat

erial originally intended to be their sixth studio album.

It was also a precarious move: White Pony — truly a transcendent masterpiece and easily their best work — was nearly ten years old. There was a not-insignificant risk of Diamond Eyes flopping commercially and aesthetically, to say nothing of the PR damage.

But the gamble paid off. Diamond Eyes, is excellent, truly the Deftones' best, hardest, and most complex work in years. The album peaked higher on the Billboard 200 than any other Deftones release save their debut. Rock critics bathed in it, and — in the case of Sputnikmusik's Nick Greer — announced that it had exceeded the standard set by White Pony, concluding simply: “Deftones' best album to date.”

Guys? It really is great to have you back. At least one correspondent needs to dye the gray out of his hair and go see you live again. If memory serves, you put on one hell of a show.

Stay current on Cheng's progress here, at One Love For Chi.

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