* death cab for cutie "narrow stairs" * raveonettes "lust lust lust" * vampire weekend "S/T" * ra ra riot "the rhumb line" * cat power "jukebox" * the raconteurs "consolers for the lonely" * beck "modern guilt" * phantom planet "raise the dead" * verve "forth" * walkmen "you and me" * rem accellerate" * deerhunter "microcastle" * jack's mannequin "the glass passenger" * killers "day & age" * nada surf "lucky" * story of the year "black swan" * panic at the disco "prett odd" * delta spirit "ode to sunshine" * beach house "devotion" * travis "ode to J. Smith" * grand archives "S/T" * hold steady "stay positive" * good old war "only way to be alone" * conor oberst "S/T" * ryan adams "cardiology" * jenny lewis "acid tongue" * titus Andronicus "airing of grievances" * no age "nouns" * Tokyo police club "elephant shell" * Mgmt "oracular spectacular" * cold war kids "loyalty to loyalty" * weepies "hideaway" * the black keys "attack and release" * brenden canning "something for the rest of us" * French kicks "swimming" * albert Hammond jr "como te llama" * these arms are snakes "tail swallower and dove" * duffy "rockferry""
"THE ALBUM OF 2008. out of nowhere, this great singer/songwriter released one of the best folk albums of the decade. similiar to iron & wine and fleet foxes in many ways but with a more lo fi, wintry sound. this album is for when your alone with your thoughts"
"a great punk/rock/soul/folk record full of heart and passion and is one of the most unique albums i've heard in many years. this is authentic old school rock n roll like they use to make. a treasure to have a band like this exist in the 21st century"
"the strokes drummer breaks from the band to play in this side project and maybe he should consider this his new band. such great music that sounds like the beach boys, the velvet underground, and even a little strokes. plus, 3 or 4 of the songs have female vocals. a stunning debut that shows tons of talent"
"an instant classic and such a huge artistic jump for this band. coldplay were always the band of sensitive guys with lush melodies but now they are true artists. this is an artistic album which shows depth, diversity, and tremendous growth. truly the best band in the world right now"
"two more amazing elements and different sides of the band we haven't seen before. the "air" ep is mesmerizing similiar to "water", and the "earth" ep is more stripped down and folky like dustin's solo effort. final verdict on the alchemy index...it's a masterpiece that raises the bar for the band as well as for music. this band is reinventing music as we speak..."
"this is a flat-out brilliant record and is the band's most diverse yet. it has everything...folk/classic country, acoustic ballads, slow-burning psychedelia, retro/doo wop, rock n roll, and surprisingly a crazy, fun song that is prince-esque. this is definitely their "kid A" album."
"after an already impressive back catalog, indie rock starwalts copeland may have released their best album thus far. while their albums have always shifted in sound and direction, this album shows the band continuously growing while displaying their best from their past albums."