Danielson

Ships

May 9, 2006

Alternative/Indie Rock

The seventh full-length effort from the outsider indie-pop gospel music institution, Ships is Daniel Smith's Led Zeppelin 1, 2, 3, and 4 all wrapped up into a giant boot stomp of a record, one that will no doubt please longtime followers and convert a few new ones into the fold.

- James Monger

Gotye

Making Mirrors

August 30, 2011

Indie Electronic

This experimental pop album from Belgian-Australian multi-hyphenate Wally De Backer, widely known as Gotye, is a melting pot of retro sounds and genres. While the collection includes 12 tracks, "Somebody That I Used to Know," De Backer's duet with New Zealand singer Kimbra, is arguably the most notable; the hypnotizing ballad became a global phenomenon, topping music charts around the world and listed by Billboard as one of the greatest Hot 100 songs of all time.

- Lucy Mao