16. Becoming A Jackal
Best Of 2010 Albums - Villagers

Villagers is confusingly a one man band, in the form of the doe-eyed ragamuffi n Conor O’Brien. This year’s album ‘Becoming A Jackal’ was shortlisted for the Mercury, and his Irish folk of a complex poetical bent seduced Jools Holland when he played on his show. His ‘The Meaning Of The Ritual’ song will cut through your cardial atrium like butter. O’Brien isn’t used to being cross-examined yet: “I’m gonna have to get used to talking about all this the whole time… Obviously the way a lot of songs happen is because you’re not talking about it so much, you just puke up your angst and off er it up on a plate.”

Best Bit: ‘The Meaning Of The Ritual’ will make a lovely home in your heart forever.


Read Clash's ones to watch feature on Villagers HERE.
Watch a video interview with Villagers from The Big Chill festival HERE.


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