Pernice Brothers: Yours, Mine and Ours (2003)
While the first two albums recorded as the Pernice Brothers were pretty great, with a few stand-out tracks each, the third seemed to nail the formula, with one winner after another. To be fair, the album is front-loaded, with a few slower tracks towards the end, but it kicks off on a pretty big high. Lead-off track "Weakest Shade Of Blue" is chiming power pop, the sort of thing that should easily win over the Big Star/Matthew Sweet contingent. But the hits just keep coming -- "Water Ban" takes it down a notch, a quiet little piece with a delightful chorus; "One Foot In The Grave" is back in power pop territory (with maybe a hint of the Smiths); while the absolutely gorgeous "Baby In Two" channels Elliott Smith, with a stunning vocal performance from Pernice.
The rest continues in a similar vein, alternating between the poppier midtempo stuff (most notably the bittersweet, jangly, R.E.M.-tinged "Sometimes I Remember") and a few hushed ballads. It's a perfect album for a quiet Sunday morning at home, and one I still reach for often. (Though I'm no less partial to its 2005 follow-up, Discover A Lovelier You, which sees the band mixing it up a bit more and amping things up a little, but without losing any of the inherent sweetness of the sound.)
Here's some amateur video for "Baby In Two":