Album: Attack on Memory
Producer: Steve Albini
Label: Carpark

While the punk aesthetic ain't what it used to be, the genre's sound is still alive and well thanks to some key players. One of those is Steve Albini, whose production work is unprecedented—he's had a hand in albums by everyone from Nirvana to Cloud Nothings. It was his work on Attack on Memory that helped the Cleveland outfit properly embrace their gritty roots.

Case in point: "Our Plans," a raw, no-bullshit display of emotion. Ample credit goes to frontman Dylan Baldi, of course, whose throaty vocals and lead guitar really bring this track home with just enough angst. — AM