This one surprised me. I almost didn’t even give it a listen, because I had the feeling it would be some too much electronics & experimentation, and not enough music. Obviously, I’m glad I kissed that frog. It’s been one album this year that I could put on pretty much any time, and feel a little better while I was listening to it. It’s just good to listen to. I have almost every song ranked 3 or 4 stars, and the album as a whole is solid. If you haven’t listened to it yet, do so soon.
"VCR", "Shelter", "Stars"
2. Zee Avi—Zee Avi
Another one that I can listen to pretty much any time. Quite a bit different music, obviously, but solidly good throughout. The songs are deceptively simple, and maybe even more deceptively upbeat. …