93. Black Box Recorder, The Facts of Life (Jetset, 2000)

“Experimentation, familiarization: It’s all a nature walk!” Or so recites lead vocalist/vixen Sarah Nixey on the letter perfect title track, a wonderfully warm, flawlessly skewed advice column to budding young adults ready to discard their Justin Timberlake albums for something a little more perverse. Elsewhere, this trio makes synthesized mini-symphonies that give new meaning to the word creepy, but in a good, almost wholesome way. This is what I’d like to have in my portable CD player on endless repeat if the end of the world ever beckons. I’d sit back and disarmingly smile during the moment in “Straight Life” were Nixey simply, coolly, defiantly notes, “We’re not moving.”