Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Don't let those dainty songbird chirps and high-flying operatic trills fool you -- My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden is one tough cookie. On her third release, she's quite outspoken, whether it's with an innocent statement of love -- it "binds the world," she moans -- or a playful metaphor for greed ("There's a Rat") or an astute analysis of socioeconomics ("When you're privileged, you don't even know you're privileged/ When you're not, you know"). Her vocal theatrics, meanwhile, float along a river of gorgeous instrumentation. Play "I Have Never Loved Someone" for your sweetheart. Now.