100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Grinderman 2Grinderman: Grinderman 2 (Anti-, 9/14/10)

Grinderman: “Heathen Child”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Grinderman_Heathen_Child.mp3|titles=Grinderman: “Heathen Child”]

With the help of the dynamic Bad Seeds, Nick Cave has championed a dark and unparalleled brand of alt-rock, and in 2007, he launched another lauded project, Grinderman, with the aid of longtime Seeds. Marked by raw lyrics and impassioned vocals, the garage-rock side project now takes a sharp turn for its second album, presenting a much more sprawling, diverse recording.

Layers of effects, noise, and backing vocals build each song into colorful stories of weirdness and absurdity, and all together, the album is a much greater studio labor than the twisted rock ballads of its predecessor. With 2, Grinderman has come into its own as a full-fledged group.

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