5. Jack White, Blunderbuss (Third Man)
If you don't know of or haven't heard Jack White's solo album by now, then you might want to check the rock you've been living under for moss — it may have grown some in the months since the monumental album's release in late April of this year. (Burn.) In all seriousness, this album has enjoyed so much commercial success that these posts can't seem to get rid of this Blunderbuss; it takes the 5 spot this week.
4. Beachwood Sparks, Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)
Though just short of being a '90s band, Beachwood Sparks fuses a southern folk sentimentality with an indie, California atmospheric sound. Contrasting the other albums on this week's list, Tarnished Gold's indie country calms the waves, perfect for a listen in the waning twilight of these lazy July days.
3. Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania (EMI)
Oh, the '90s. Marked by bands like Ben Folds Five Five and Nirvana, the '90s were a great time to be alive — it was cool to be weird, weird to be cool, and nobody cared how thrashing at concerts would fuck up their necks. The Smashing Pumpkins were nothing short of symbolic during this era, crafting now-legendary '90s hits like “1979” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” off 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. A heap of new bandmates and 24 years after the band's founding, Oceania supplies the first LP in a larger concept album called Teargarden by Kaleidoscope and takes number 3.
2. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel… (Epic)
When LA Reid announced Fiona Apple's return to making music, the internet exploded into the heat of anticipation for Apple's first album in seven years. All of the hype yielded high expectations that the album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, somehow all met. Amidst glowing reviews, Apple's tidy and introspective, yet emotional and scathing return to the studio sells to the tune of two this week.
1. The Offspring, Days Go By (Columbia)
If there's any way to properly describe The Offspring's impact on popular culture in the '90s, it can be summed in two words: Pretty Fly. Nine albums into their careers as pretty fly white guys, The Offspring have managed to change very little. Still touting gag songs and cheap humor, I honestly couldn't stomach the entirety of “Cruising California (Bumpin' In My Trunk),” but others apparently could. In any case, the band with what's gotta be the most uniquely aggravating lead vocals in the past 20 years has gotten themselves to the top spot this week.