100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

The Nels Cline SingersInitiate (Cryptogramophone, 4/13/10)

The Nels Cline Singers: “Floored”
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Gifted guitarist Nels Cline may be best recognized as “that really tall guy in Wilco,” but his accomplished career spans decades as well as ravines of style. Initiate, a two-disc release that includes a live album, further angles The Nels Cline Singers towards accessibility. But fans of Cline’s off-the-cuff abilities and technical prowess won’t be disappointed, as the album strikes a perfect balance for the group, alternating between progressive jams, effect-laden tranquility, and alien “out-ness.”

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