Album: Thao, Know Better, Learn Faster (Kill Rock Stars)

We Brave Bee Stings and All, Thao Nguyen's 2008 album with her band the Get Down Stay Down, was that year's best-selling record on the Kill Rock Stars label and something of a breakthrough.

Its follow-up, Know Better, Learn Faster, is no less lovely in spite of the fact that it is this young Vietnamese-American's break-up album. The Pitchfork-perfect quirky pop (think Bat for Lashes-lite) is never dampened by the subject matter, and if that can feel a little odd, the album closer reminds us that "sad people dance too".