1 JASON FALKNERI’m OK, You’re OK (BMG)
Powerful, expansive and crazy-catchy pop from the sometime Paul McCartney guitarist, ex-Air guy and Jellyfish founder. A spectacular disc that has only received limited release worldwide. This guy is a star.
2 SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
The Dap-Kings moonlight making Amy Winehouse sound great, but the band is at its best supporting Jones’s sweet retro-soul sounds.
3 BURNING BRIDES Hang Love (independent)
Bleak and beautiful hard-rock majesty from L.A. rock power couple Dimitri and Melanie Coats with relentless drummer Pete Beeman.
4 TALIB KWELI Eardrum (Blacksmith)
The Brooklyn-based conscience of hiphop is back with smooth grooves, take-action rhymes and cool special guests.
Angry, hopeless dirge rock from Nick Cave and company that’s surprisingly uplifting and universal.
6 SADIES New Seasons(Outside)
Toronto’s favourite bolo Beach Boys deliver their best yet – twangy tales tinged with surf and tumbleweed.
7 KLAXONS Myths Of The Near Future (Polydor)
Awesome psychedelic agro-pop that dares you not to dance.
8 HENRIK SCHWARZ Live(K7)
Berlin DJ Henrik Schwarz delivers his funk-fused dance-floor jazz beats in a “live” set based on his recent club tour.
9 RIHANNA Good Girl Gone Bad(Def Jam)
Stellar special guests can help manufacture a sound, but you can’t invent a voice. Rihanna is the strongest pop singer going right now.
10 TWO HOURS TRAFFIC Little Jabs(Bumstead)
Fellow maritimer Joel Plaskett gets behind the board to produce hooky, jangly pop from post-pubescent PEI power poppers.