Belated Best of ’10: Cherry Ghost

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in February and March. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today, get to know Cherry Ghost.

Beneath This Burning ShorelineI’m a sucker for anthemic British rock, and with Elbow taking a breather in 2010, that void was filled by Cherry Ghost, whose Beneath This Burning Shoreline is loaded with drama, hooks, romance, and bombast. I almost left the epic “A Month of Mornings” off my list because singer Simon Aldred’s voice sometimes recalls Coldplay’s Chris Fucking Martin to my ear, but in the end I just couldn’t get past the insistent combination of rhythms and melody. It’s great stuff, and sadly unavailable in the US:

You can snag Beneath This Burning Shoreline at Amazon as a pricy import CD until Cherry Ghost’s management figures out how to get their excellent album at least a digital release in the USA.