Owen Pallett – Heartland
Heartland garnered some great reviews upon its release in January, but it seems people made the grave mistake of forgetting it as 2010 progressed. Save for Pallett’s astounding voice, there are few similarities between the record and his earlier, simpler work as Final Fantasy. On this album he fully indulged his incredible talent for full-blown orchestral composition and wove a bizarre but deft narrative about his artistic and personal relationship with the story’s main character, Lewis. This is a complex, beautiful record that deserves to become a staple of modern classical music and Baroque pop alike. Listen and love.