First album in 15 years from former-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s heavy-synth-pop outfit, The Rentals (remember “Friend of P.”?). Surrounded by a band of A-Listers, including Pat “Black Keys” Carney on drums, and Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius) on vocals, this album is stellar. I give it the “Arctic Monkeys: Who Saw This Coming?” Award for 2014. Awesome harmonies courtesy of the ladies of Lucius, and really fun songs, to boot. Sharp writes really fantastic synth driven pop songs, and the chorus’ are loud and fun. Kind of Cars-ish, in every great way possible.
RIYL: Weezer, The Cars, Lucius, The Nineties
Play: #4, #7, #6, #3