Von

Sigur Rós

Von

1997

Alternative/Indie Rock

The band was still finding its way on its debut LP, which features songs like the fractured "Hún Jörð...," a percussion and distortion-driven track that eschews the band's usual fragility for something that borders on aggression -- it even has outright screaming vocals. They don't play that one live these days.

- Chris Steffen

One Step Ahead

Rhonda Vincent

One Step Ahead

April 29, 2003

Bluegrass

Rhonda Vincent's third album for Rounder hits that almost perfect balance between sparkling contemporary bluegrass production and the heartfelt songwriting and passionate playing of classic traditional bluegrass. Highlighted throughout by breakup waltzes, makeup stompers, '40s train songs, '70s trucker songs, and up-to-the-minute acoustic folk numbers, One Step Ahead is all over the place thematically, but right on the money stylistically.

- Zac Johnson