10. In The Ever - Mason Jennings
I first heard him at This Tent (or was it That Tent?) at Bonnaroo '08 and remember dancing like a little boy to Soldier Boy This album showcases a great new talent that is both endearing and humorous. It's hard not to laugh along with the audience in Your New Man
9. Red Letter Year - Ani Difranco
This one is very much a departure for Ani, as she does away with much of the percussive guitar playing that has become her trademark. Instead, she incorporates a variety of instruments and textures which blend together for what is, surprisingly, one of her most cohesive album in years. Emancipated Minor is profoundly funky and Smiling Underneath is a sultry ode to mellowing with age. Interestingly enough, it works brilliantly.
8. Day and Age - The Killers