1. Guillemots, “Never Went to Church.” A beautifully lugubrious cover of the Streets song, rendered as saddo pop by the musical progeny of those great mid-’80s British artists (Roddy Frame and Paddy McAloon, to name two leaders of two bands I mentioned yesterday — forgive me, I’m on a kick) who never really got their historical due because The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” overshadowed them all. (Lang takes a breath, cues the saddoes)
2. Camera Obscura, “Books Written for Girls.”
3. CSS, “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex.”
4. Ben Folds, “All You Can Eat.”
5. Ween, “Your Party.” Many people have imitated David Bowie for fun and profit, but this might be the most perfectly rendered spoof on record. This is the Bowie of “Young Americans,” getting his soul on, except Gene Ween is singing about tri-colored pasta and meat with “succulent juices.” What seals the deal here is the presence of David Sanborn, the sax man from “Young Americans,” bringing the mellow gold. Or brass. By the way, what does a blessing mean when it comes from Father Harvey?
6. New Young Pony Club, “Ice Cream.”
7. Jenny Lewis, “Melt Your Heart.”
8. Office, “The Big Bang Jump!”
9. Sonny Rollins, “St. Thomas.”
10. Jay-Z, “Roc Boys.” Sean Carter’s corollary to Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” might not be a masterpiece on the level of “The Blueprint,” but it’s a nice corrective following the abysmal “Kingdom Come.” This is the hottest track on the disc, thanks to some killer live horns. And it’s tough on the mean streets of Anguilla.