“Safe Travels” by Jukebox the Ghost (No. 11)

Jukebox the Ghost set the bar high with their debut album Live and Let Ghosts, and their follow-up Everything Under the Sun. With Safe Travels they completely clear the bar, and then some. Jukebox the Ghost is a relative newcomer on the music scene, especially compared with a lot of bands on this list. Their … Continue reading “Safe Travels” by Jukebox the Ghost (No. 11)

“Speak for Yourself” by Imogen Heap (No. 15)

After developing an addiction to Frou Frou, it's not much of a surprise that I'd branch out to Imogen Heap immediately. Her second solo album, 2005's Speak for Yourself is everything I enjoyed about Frou Frou and then some. There's not a huge difference in overall sound between Frou Frou and Heap's solo work. Not … Continue reading “Speak for Yourself” by Imogen Heap (No. 15)

“Everything Under the Sun” by Jukebox the Ghost (No. 65)

The band behind today's album may have the distinction of having the oddest name in the entire lineup. Naming aside, the trio produces amazing piano-based pop, and Everything Under the Sun is a fantastic snapshot of their work. The band consists of Ben Thornewill (piano, vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar/bass, vocals), and Jesse Kristin (drums). If … Continue reading “Everything Under the Sun” by Jukebox the Ghost (No. 65)

“Whip-Smart” by Liz Phair (No. 80)

Liz Phair's Whip-Smart is a perfect Saturday afternoon album. By happy accident, that's when I'm re-listening to Whip-Smart and writing this post. Whip-Smart is not a radio-friendly album, unless the radio station is an early 90s alt-rock station with a penchant for pissing off the FCC. Unusual at the time, Phair drops more than a … Continue reading “Whip-Smart” by Liz Phair (No. 80)