My Love Is Cool
Label: Dirty Hit/RCA Records
The Londoners' debut album stands out amid the thicket of British indie rock via their songs' patient, folky, playful structuring. Dig the periodic dropouts and peek-a-boo guitar sheen on "Your Loves Whore," and Ellie Rowsell's pillowy vocals, which occasionally sharpen into gleeful alt-rock squeals (like on the cackling climax of "You're a Germ"). Meanwhile, the rhythm section is willing and eager to throw the band into clattering overdrive (see the sudden blasts of rock stagger that energize "Lisbon" and "Fluffy").