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The 25 Best Albums of 2010 (So Far)

#14: Wild Nothing Gemini

Released: June 1 (Click Here To Buy It Now On MP3)
Best Song: "Confirmation"

21-year-old Virginia native Jack Tatum is yet another case of a kid who listened to too many New Order records making music in his bedroom, but he does it better than the million other one-man-bands that have popped up in the last year or so. We could argue over whether to call his sound dream-pop or shoegaze, whether his influence is more Cocteau Twins or The Cure, but we'll leave those technicalities to the hipsters debating Wild Nothing's authenticity over vegan appetizers. Point is: Gemini sounds great. Fond recollections of June-August flings are evoked on "Summer Holiday," but then you're reminded of your worst heartbreak on "Pessimist" two tracks later. The sound is formulaic, maybe even predictable, but excellent beyond anything else.

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