10. The Submarines - Declare a New State!
"Declare a New State!" is what happens when an ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend get back together to share their songs about eachother. Yeah, the concept sounds crazy, but the music is actually good. It's kinda sappy and laid back, but full of truthful and introspective lyrics. . . lame, I know, but we've all been there before.
9. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Show Your Bones
As a band, they've come a long way from "Fever to Tell," without really losing too much of the old Yeah Yeah Yeah's edge. They still rock out on some tracks, while Karen-O shows that she does have a sensitive side too.
8. Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson in Crime
The new Brooklyn kids' debut that is full of slick, bouncy, head bobbin' bass lines and quirky lyrics. Like nothing I've ever heard before.
7. Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards
Cool poppy and catchy indie songs with some grown-up lyrics. . .they don't sound like kids to me. Filled with nice, dirty guitar riffs. . .Almost what the White Stripes could sound like with a full band.
6. Ratatat - Classics
Head bobbin' downtempo with smooth guitar riffs. It's classified as electronic, but it sounds about 80% analog to me. It's stylistically all over the board, from the Southwest twang of "Montanita," to the Sgt. Pepper-y "Tropicana," to the Castlevannia-esque "Tacobel Canon." Reminiscent of RJD2 circa "Since We Last Spoke."
5. The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth
Keeping their garage rock roots alive, while evolving ever so slightly. They finally put out a bit of a slow, sensitive, introspective song with "Ask Me Anything."
4. Hot Chip - Warning
Paul McCartney meets the Beta Band, slathered in Lemon Jelly. Full of synths and digital handclaps. . . enough to keep all of those 80's kids happy.
3. The Black Keys - Magic Potion
Chock full of solid, catchy old school blues riffs. . . even more than their duo peers, the White Stripes?. Possibly. The Black Keys seem to never disappoint in keeping solid old blues alive and rockin.
2. Phoenix - It's Never Been Like That
They seem to have come a long way from their disco/pop roots. Overall, a very successfull indie-rock album from a bunch of French dudes. You will never lose interest. . . great album from start to finish.
1. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
Yeah, I know, this album hasn't even come out yet. But I've been listening to it non-stop for almost 2 months now. . .Unbelievable. . .definitely an indie masterpiece. . . you'll see.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Etiquette
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say. . .
M.Ward - Post-War
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
Mason Jennings - Boneclouds