The Postal Service, Give Up (2003)
Label: Sub Pop
It's funny how a backlash can change the way you think about an album. When The Postal Service's Give Up came out, the indie crowd loved it, but as it picked up speed, it succeeded as Sub Pop's best selling album since Nirvana's Bleach and became the one indie album that every kid on every college campus feel in love with. This turned a lot of the indie kids off. Almost a decade later, we can move past all that and listen to the album for what it is: awesome. In retrospect, you can hear how the electronic sounds of The Postal Service changed the direction of the indie pop that came after it, and there's no longer a reason to feel any guilt while enjoying it.