The year 2010 was a terrific year for new music: A-listers like Kanye West, Arcade Fire, The National, and The Walkmen all delivered outstanding records, old-timers like Mavis Staples and Sharon Jones became relevant again, 90's indie bands like Superchunk and Versus released their first albums in years, and bands like Sleigh Bells and The Dum-Dum Girls went from total obscurity to stardom in months. Only recently, in the relatively quiet early months of 2011, have we had the chance to revisit some of the many albums, released in 2010, that did not attract as much attention.
One such album is Against Me's White Crosses. It may not make many of you reorder your top ten lists, but a couple of its songs will get stuck in your head and stay there. "Because of the Shame," an excellent post-punk track with enormous pop hooks and sing-along choruses, would fit between The Hold Steady's "Weekenders" and The Gaslight Anthem's "American Slang" on a 2010 mix tape that would sound everybit as good as the gym as it would as the soundtrack to an early summer barbeque.