Meg & Dia - Here, Here And Here (2009)
I bought it because it was a recent release. I expected something maybe like the Indigo Girls or maybe Tegan & Sara.
The Verdict: This album rocks, hard.Surprisingly accessible and melodic. The only downside was that after four or five similar tracks I was out of breath. I was expecting a change of pace but there wasn't one (at least on what I heard). But good driving music.
Red Umbrella - Wishing For Boardwalk (2006)
Another one where I liked the cover and artwork. No expectations.
The Verdict: I had put this on before and remembered that I liked it. The first track is a good, surging pop song. The next couple of tracks just drifted off a little for me. Not sure on this, might be a grower.
Quiet, KY - Two Blue Ruins (200?)
I liked the quirky art. Self-released, so no idea what this might be like.
The Verdict: A winner all the way! Excellent, accessible acoustic settings. If this was by a major band on a major label these songs would be on all those acoustic compilations with Radiohead, Magnet, Nick Drake and Badly Drawn Boy. A gentle, delicate, warmly sung pleasure. Very, very good indeed.
Worthy Download: The whole Two Blue Ruins album! But not apparently available anywhere right now. Try "Florentina" or "Mr. Welles" to get a taste.