- The Dandy Warhols "Odditorium or Warlords of Mars"
- David Gray "Life In Slow Motion"
- Sigur Ros "Takk..."
- Tracy Chapman "Where You Live"
- Paul McCartney "Chaos & Creation In The Backyard"
So far, I've listened to some of "Chaos..." and like most of it. He definitely knows how to write pop! I love "Takk..." - I need to explore more of their albums.
Other recent discoveries of note are Michael Penn (brother of Sean Penn), who does great pop/rock in the vein of Neil Finn/Finn Brothers.
Eels are also incredible, with quite a range of style and emotion over their albums. Their new album "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" was reviewed in NPR and got me hooked.