1.) Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything to Nothing
To me, this album demonstrates songwriting at its best. Some good Southern anguish over dirty guitar tones and resounding bass. Best way to describe this amazing band is as soulful indie rock.
2.) The Strokes – Is This It?
This is the album that got me into music. I had always loved music growing up, but it was my parents’ tunes that we would listen to during long car drives. Primitive and simple, yet beautiful and edgy, Is This It? got me through the first half of my teenage years.
3.) The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2
The Microphones never fail to put you in another world. The guitars provide an atmosphere that is ambient and haunting, while Phil Elverum croons uncertainly. It is somewhat unorthodox, but it made a major impact on me.
4.) The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
Harmonies and intelligent lyrics make this album one of my all time faves. I love every song more than the last.
5.) Brand New – The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
While extremely dark and gloomy, Brand New’s third studio album provides a light at the end of the tunnel. More brilliant lyrics can be found here.
6.) Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
Chock full layers of soothing distortion, Carnavas is a great reincarnation of ’90s shoegaze/emo. Lazy Eye is probably the catchiest song ever written.
7.) Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Pershing
Every now and then, I enjoy infectious, bubblegum pop music. I look no further to fulfill that than Boris Yeltsin.
8.) Radiohead – In Rainbows
Radiohead is already classic. Their newest album, In Rainbows, does a great job at almost reinventing their sound, with soaring melodies and well crafted rhythm. Thom Yorke is a fantastic frontman.
9.) Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
MPP is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the decade. Electronic soundscapes blend with interesting percussion, and then vocals are somehow laid carefully on top of this wildly hair-brained, near-perfect LP.
10.) LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver