While not quite the grand artistic and social statement it was intended to be, American Utopia is brimming with forward-thinking pop and David Byrne's unique persona.
Fleet Foxes triumphantly emerge from hiatus with their most progressive effort yet.
While not a full commitment to its titular concept, 50 Song Memoir is The Magnetic Fields' most charming and ambitious album in over a decade.
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst benefits from going back to basics here on his latest solo album.
Singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas drops a mature, lyrically sound followup to her breakout debut.