The Autumn Defense – Once Around (Yep Roc / Outside Music)

Decidedly more upbeat than their 2007 self-titled record, The Autumn Defense craft a nearly perfect pop masterpiece to bring 2010 to a close. Comprised of John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone of Wilco fame, the duo wear their early ’70s pop and soft rock influences upon their sleeves throughout these 11 tracks, adding in the occasional string section for extra lushness.