Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
“A teenage symphony to God.” I think Brian Wilson nailed this one.
Rooms by the Hour – Rustic Overtones
The best indie band in New England. Their break-out album remains a classic.
ELVA – Unwritten Law
This record has everything from punk to hard rock to pop to acoustic ballads. It is Unwritten Law at their best (as a five-piece with original line-up) with swag for days.
New Found Glory – New Found Glory
The record that became the soundtrack to my teen years.
“Jesus of Suburbia” – Green Day
Before American Idiot, Green Day were dead. Then they swung for the fences and hit a grand slam. This song is the crowning achievement in their punk-rock opera.
“Surf’s Up (Solo 1967)” – The Beach Boys
This solo take unearthed in the 2011 Beach Boys Smile box set could be Brian Wilson’s greatest performance.