Sound: An electro, spacey hybrid of hip-hop, r&b and pop that favors cosmic, somber meditations with a digital pulse, but also–particularly in the second half of the album–jumps into, lighter more upbeat sexual romps and spiritual affirmations.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Day ‘n’ Nite (Nightmare)” (Top 20 Songs of 2009 Candidate); “Alive (Nightmare)” featuring Ratatat; “Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)” featuring MGMT and Ratatat; “Solo Dolo (Nightmare)”; “Make Her Say” featuring Kanye West and Common; “Up Up and Away”
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Recommended: For a debut album, Man on the Moon is awfully fearless and innovative. The Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based rapper/singer/songwriter/Kanye West collaborator shows off his angsty soul searching and oddball creativity throughout the disc and ushers in new possibilities for mainstream-accessible but indie-minded music. This isn’t an easy listen, though. The album is a bit long and disjointed, and the majority of the easier-to-digest tracks appear in the second half.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)