Various Artists, Dark Was the Night — the latest Red, Hot compilation, a two-disc set that reads like a who’s who of indy rock circa 2009: Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The National, Decemberists, Spoon, Feist, TVotR, Ben Gibbard, Andrew Bird, and so much more.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz! — I respected ‘Fever to Tell’ more than I liked it, and was a little disappointed by ‘Show Your Bones,’ but I love this one. It still rocks when necessary but overall it feels like a more mature record, showcasing not only Karen O’s stellar vocals but her songwriting ability as well.
Metric, Fantasies — An early contender for album of the year, this is a beautifully-constructed pop album that feels like Garbage with more weight to it.