Having released one of the best albums of 2006, this indie pop outfit avoids the dreaded sophomore slump by releasing not one but two (!!!) fine albums in 2008. Not Animal is the catchier of the pair. The Nuclear So & So's retain their winningly ornate sound but it's the strength of tunes such as "Pages Written on a Wall," "German Motor Car" and the delightful "Tall As Cliffs" that make them standout amidst an ever-growing herd of lovable indie pop eccentrics. It doesn't matter how old you are -- you've just found your favorite high school band.