47. Fleet Foxes, 'Fleet Foxes'
The most inviting song set to come out of the freak-folk/beard-rock movement was a reminder of the simple power of harmony. On elegant pastoral jams like "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song," 22-year-old Robin Pecknold used CSNY-style timbres to build a clapboard-church choir of sound that seemed to exist in its own world. The fact that bands like Grizzly Bear and the Dirty Projectors subsequently pushed intricate, multipart vocals to the forefront may be a coincidence. But it probably isn't.