I have to agree- Ride's nowhere
is an excellent album. (It will always have a soft spot in my heart as I had my first (albiet awkward) make-out session with my first boyfriend to it.)
By the way- have you ever been able to see Sigur Ros in concert? They are just wonderful- such beautiful music that still translates well in a concert setting.
To add to the Flaming Lips idea- I would like to add In a Priest Driven Ambulance
- it is an early one of thiers and quite different than some of thier more recent stuff.
I love The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
. Just a fantastic album all the way through. (And perfect for sunny days!)
My fiance and I are huge fans of Gomez and if you ever can, catch them in concert- they are a blast and seem to have such a good time playing the music. Two of their albums In Our Gun
and Bring it On
are particulary wonderful. They seem underated here in the US but they seem get a good amount of press in the UK so maybe these two are county specific underated ablums!
We went to see a number of shows at South By Soutwest (SXSW) this year and the local and national press were talking up a number of bands but no one mentioned The Walkmen - who were just fantastic. I highly recommend their album Bows and Arrows.
An old jazz album tthat a couple of my generations in my family adore is Ahmad Jamal's If Not for Me
- really some great jazz piano work.
Finally, I've noticed that when I play the soundtrack to About A Boy
(done by Badly Drawn Boy) in my office at work a number of people inquire about who it is and comment that they like it. Now there are about three or so offices from which you can occasionally hear the album. But that album never really got a lot of press- I guess because it is a soundrack?