2. The National - Alligator
This album has been climbing the ranks of this list ever since I first started jotting down albums about a month ago. Ever ranking I gave seemed too low, until now that is. It's probably a bit of a crime that The National was overshadowed by the hyped surrounding their opening band on their tour (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!). Nevertheless, this album stands solidly on its own.
The tracks on the album range from rocking to somber and the lyrics from serious to almost silly at times, but I keep coming back for more. The album works whether you're working, sitting around the house doing a bunch of nothing, or driving. In any case, this is the album that inspired me to check out the band's back catalog, and that's saying something.
I'm not going to list any standout tracks here because they are all solid and my favorites change with my mood.
NP: "Mr November" - The National