Teeth Marks came out of nowhere for me this year. S.G. Goodman's music combines so many elements that work spectacularly for me. The album opens with "Teeth Marks," which starts out as an Americana tinged singer/songwriter song. It's not quite perfectly mainstream, but close. And then the weird indie rock noise comes in, and the album becomes completely irresistible to me. "All My Love is Coming Back to Me" is one of my favorite songs of the year. It's this 90's style indie rocker mixed with garage rock and country twang. Back in April I said that it sounded like Drive-By Truckers decided to write a positive hit song, and I stand by that. Goodman moves between rockers and these ballads with ease. "You Were Someone I Loved" is an a capella song, and you really get a sense of Goodman's vocal powers. She can go from a 90's style slacker delivery with her Southern accent to a soulful, sometimes haunting, powerful delivery. S.G. Goodman is going to be one to watch for, because she has the potential to do huge things for a while to come.
Songs of note: "Teeth Marks," "All My Love is Coming Back to Me," "Heart Swell," and "Work Until I Die"