9. alt-J – This Is All Yours

If you’re wondering what soundscapes alt-J all explores on This Is All Yours, the opening “Intro” offers a nice sampling. From distant chanting to the dry snap of a snare drum, alt-J doesn’t explore too far beyond the now familiar sounds and movements heard on An Awesome Wave. But, with an album under their belts, the band finds a way to apply new perspectives to their experimental, occasionally-choral arrangements and the product is a more expansive, rich sounding album than the first. It might not be as on-point as An Awesome Wave, but alt-J’s demonstrated ability to evolve and expand their sound without losing their way on This Is All Yours is impressive. – Rondeau