Albert Hammond, Jr.
Though Albert Hammond, Jr.'s alternately chugging and chiming guitar work helped define the Strokes' rock revivalism in the early 2000s, he took a different approach for his solo career. His unaffected vocals and the bittersweet melodies and subjects he explored starting with 2006's Yours to Keep owed more to Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys, and Guided by Voices than any of his other band's obvious inspirations. Whether he served up his poignant indie pop raw and lo-fi or brightly polished, Hammond's music was refreshing in its own right and as a counterpoint to his work with the Strokes. ~ Heather Phares