Megan’s Top 70 of 2010: #57 - These United States

Why I Decree it to Be So:

Long has These United States reigned at the top of the DC heap in my book, and with latest endeavor What Lasts, they show no signs of relinquishing their collective hold on my affections. Troudadourian bandleader Jesse Elliott drew inspiration from a brush with death, and the band recovered from a stolen laptop to create another fine, folksy twangle jangle, with understandably somber undertones. "There is no justice," sings Elliott in "Just This," "just this occasional grace," and What Lasts is definitely some of that occasional grace. Yet another part of the must-have These United States ouevre.


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