We the Common (For Valerie Bolden)
Label: Ribbon Music
Wry, off-kilter and wise, Bay Area alt-folkie Thao Nguyen throws the kitchen sink at you only after she's unloaded the cabinets, shelves and fridge, too. We the Common crosses the weirdo-profundity of vintage Beck with the feral pots-and-pans ingenuity of recent Fiona Apple, a pleasingly jittery mix of honking horns, jaunty handclaps, dainty keyboards, clattering drums and so forth. Joanna Newsom drops by on the sweet "Kindness Be Conceived" and fits right in, if that tells you anything. Overall lyrical thesis: "Everybody has a body above/ Yes we get naked, but not naked enough."