1. Rachel Sermanni … Black Currents … 2012

    20-year-old Scottish singer Rachel Sermanni finger-picks and singers her heart out on this album. Really great.

    RIYL Regina Spektor, Laura Marling, Fiona Apple

     
     
  2. Lucero … Women & Work … 2012

    Great, great new album from one of the hardest working rock bands around. Dirty and loud enough to fill up every dive bar in Tennessee.

     
     
  3. Goldfrapp … The Singles … 2012

    A collection of singles from UK synthpop duo. Lots of catchy songs. I think the first one was featured in a car commercial. If the cover was any less enticing I might not wanna listen to it. But still, give it a try.

     
     
  4. Amy Ray … Lung of Love … 2012

    The fourth solo offering from this Indigo Girl is temperate but lively. Narrative and thoughtful, with more of an edge than her more famous work, this album is a pretty appealing mix of Springsteen, Elton John and well…the Indigo Girls. Nothing revolutionary, but quite pleasant.

    RIYL The Indigo Girls, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen

     
     
  5. Pond … Beard, Wives, Denim … 2012

    Fuzzy retro rock, like a slower version of The Love Language. Amazing riffs + fueled vocals + punk aesthetics = sweet nostalgia.