All that glitters is not gold. But we can all agree: All that glitters is fabulous. As was 2010. The year saw pop's reigning megalomaniac bare his torment on Twitter, his soul on a masterful album, and his Lil Kanye in a leaked photo -- impressive, all. Since there's a lot more to make sense of, we're going to make like glitter and reflect.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »