48. Broken Bells – Broken Bells 1/5
2010. What happens when you mix the production value of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse/Gnarls Barkley) with the vocals and guitars of James Mercer (The Shins)? You get Broken Bells. This album is their debut album. Since it was so successful, they have plans to record a follow up at some point. It’s too late to change your mind. Good stuff.
49. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes 1/5
2008. Sticking with the self-titled theme, let’s hit this one up. Categorized as Baroque pop or folk rock this album landed on many many best of 2008 album lists. It’s very good and easy to listen to. This is another Sub-Pop album of which we’ve featured many before. No individual tracks are sticking out to my right now but if you want a cool relaxing album to enjoy a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning than this would fit in very nice.
50. The Black Keys – Brothers 1/5
2010. This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers. -declares the album cover art. ACcording to the wiki and another neat thing those of us that only listen to digital music can’t fully experience… When first opened, the label on the disc is almost entirely black. However, the label is heat-sensitive; so, when it has been in a disc player for a while, all or part of the label will be white and readable. The label can also be revealed by touching the disc. Pretty cool. But I’m here for the music and with our 50th album to mark the halfway point we have a pretty solid disc from start to finish. Maybe after you finished that cup of coffee with the previous disc you can toss this one on and get down and dirty. I like the Next Girl track among others. Tighten Up is also good. Sick for days / so many ways. Howlin’ For You has a very Doorsy lick to it. Something real crunchy about the guitar work on this album, I like it. You’re the only one. I’m not the one. The track These Days makes me want to take a nap, which isn’t a bad thing… I’m just hitting the 2pm snooze button. Okay. This album was produced by Danger Mouse (#48 above) so now to go one step further down this path…
51. Blakroc – Blakroc 1/5
2009. This album is a collaboration effort between The Black Keys and many R&B artists including Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan, Jim Jones and NOE of ByrdGang, Mos Def, singer Nicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze of M.O.P., and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. Demon Dash is responsible for connecting the dots between The Black Keys and the guests who perform on this album. If it don’t make dollars then it don’t make sense.
51 Albums In 51 Days