09. Nellie McKay, Pretty Little Head (2006)
Like a Tour De Force of vulnerability, frankness, sarcasm and massive ego, Nellie McKay's controversial Pretty Little Head never really lived up to the dropped-from-the-label hype that it garnered at first, but that's probably for the best. It has such a labored vision, it only seems right that it goes under-appreciated. A double album, full of more boast than it is bloat, McKay easily integrates her bratty/crass persona introduced on her debut with that of a less forced, slightly wiser songstress with all of the venom to boot. It was a balance matched brilliantly with the overly twee, chamber pop accompanying her. Nellie McKay is also nuts...so.