Pop & Rock: Year in Review 2010
It doesn't seem a coincidence that Owen Pallet's decision to ditch his Final Fantasy moniker coincided with his most ambitious and personal record yet. Though the sprawling narrative focuses on Lewis, "a young, ultra-violent farmer," Heartland's themes (anger, isolation, loneliness) resonate, and the sonic nods to '70s disco and pop prove ridiculously catchy, bordering on radio-friendly. And, Heartland was only the start of a prolific 2010: Pallet was also featured on a Diamond Rings single, played violin on Gigi's Maintenant, and provided the string arrangements for Arcade Fire's fantastic album The Suburbs.
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