Around Midnight

Julie London

Around Midnight

1960

Cool

Julie London's ability to interpret a song was at its strongest in the late '50s and early '60s, as is evidenced on the shimmering Around Midnight. The drowsy "Black Coffee" and lazy "Lush Life" typify the late-night feel of the album, leading right into "The Wee Small Hours of the Morning."

- Zac Johnson

Phantoms

Acceptance

Phantoms

April 26, 2005

Alternative/Indie Rock

Over a decade after the release of their beloved debut, the Seattle emo-punks return this month with their sophomore LP. Revisiting Phantoms 12 years later, it's impressive how much the songs hold up. For fans of the genre, this is essential listening and one of the seminal releases from that era. Blast off with "In Too Far," "Breathless," "Over You," and "Permanent." Yearning and earnestness rarely rock this hard.

- Neil Z. Yeung