It's yucky outside. Some would say wicked slippery. In an effort to delay going for a run (and shoveling!) as long as possible, I'm back on 'my grind' as they say. Here are albums 10-6.
10 Lil Wayne - No Ceilings Mixtape
When you're Lil Wayne and you're the biggest name in hip-hop, you have absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose by releasing a mixtape. Mixtapes are for up and coming artists to showcase their skills over a familiar beat. Wayne needs no such forum. Maybe that's liberating for him and why No Ceiling sounds like so much fun. After some missteps since The Carter III, No Ceilings resoundingly reaffirms that even though he spreads himself too thin and has more demons than the New Testament, no one can touch Weezy when he is on.
Best Track - Wasted
9. The Maccabees - Wall of Arms
It's always refreshing when potential hinted at in a debut album is fully realized in a band's sophomore release. The Maccabees had shown glimpses of their talents on their 2007 release Colour It In, and were a disappointing follow-up away from being lumped in amongst other forgotten indie acts. Thankfully, Wall of Arms is a smashing success. Tighter songs, stronger hooks, an improvement in every capacity.
Best Track - Can You Give It?
8- Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
Best Track - No You Girls
7- The XX - XX
6. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes - Up From Below
Best Track - 40 Day Dream