Also out on Sub Pop, Retribution Gospel Choir's 2. The trio features Alan Sparhawk of Low and that band's aesthetic is definitely tucked beneath the hard-driving, straightforward rock RGC churns out on this gem.
On the R&B tip, don't sleep on Corinne Bailey Rae. The artist once specialized in Starbucks-ready sleepy-ballad type material but on The Sea she taps into some serious pain (her husband passed away suddenly in 2008) to produce an excellent, honest album that's balances melancholy introspection with expressions of tremendous (and groovy) hope.
Another goody: Basia Bulat (pronounced BASHA). Her voice is strong, unique and - if you dig it - addictive.
And The Magnetic Fields don't disappoint with Realism
Other noteworthy releases: Patty Griffin's Downtown Church and Arj Barker's CD/DVD, LYAO.