Arcade Fire

Reflektor

October 28, 2013

Alternative/Indie Rock

With the benefit of hindsight, this already-excellent album might catch a well-deserved break, considering the divisive catalog low point that came next. And while their latest WE is a decent return-to-form, it doesn't hit as hard as the band's fourth LP, which finds them experimenting with island percussion and dance rhythms. They even got Bowie on the title track.

- Neil Z. Yeung

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