#24. Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde
Released: January 18 (Click Here To Buy It Now On MP3)
Label: Fat Possum Records
Complex says: The Smith Westerns was one of our favorite bands of '09 when their original album came out and their second album is distinctly better. It's more fun, more glam, more big pop-influenced, and more awesome in almost every way. From the big band feel of “Weekend” and “End of the Night” to the more melancholy “All Die Young,” the record keeps its stadium sound rocking in Queen-like effervescence. It helps when you get in a studio with an actual producer. Even more when that person is Chris Coady ( of TV on the Radio fame). Let's not forget the John Lennon-inspired, “Imagine pt. 3.” Anyone who doesn't fall on their face after trying something like that has a considerable amount of talent and a damn good album.