2) Withered Hand - New Gods - The sort of album i would love TFC to come back with, witty, fun and full of catchy as eff tunes.
3) James - La Petite Mort - A fantastic collection of songs mixing some big typical Jamesian anthems with some more reflective stuff, only James could make an album about death sound so joyous.
4) Dean Wareham - Dean Wareham - Debut solo album from the former Galaxie 500 and (soon to reform) Luna, wonderful album from a master craftsman.
5) Sharon Van Etten - Are We There? - Gorgeous record. She will become a major act over the next few years.
6) Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather - Former Kurt Vile sideman. Mixes KV/WOD style meandering rock with early REM janglers.