14. Best Coast, 'The Only Place'
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino is still besotted with the glorious sulk of Sixties girl-group pop and the awesomeness of California living ("Why would you live anywhere else?" she wonders on the surf-rock title track). But with L.A. producer/pop historian Jon Brion on board, the tales of boredom, touchy friendships and shaky relationships on her second record open up and brighten up – half of them even break the three-minute mark. And with less reverb-y guitar haze to hide behind, her voice comes into its own as one of indie rock's mightiest.