Top 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time: #20-11

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16) The Growlers,Greatest Hits (2008)
Before they were playing Coachella and receiving nods from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, the Growlers an anonymous outfit of psychedelic surf punks with the good humor (or was it severe cockiness?) to title their debut album "Greatest Hits." Back when former music editor Dave Segal reviewed it in 2008, he called the 25-track, 78-minute offering a but at 25 tracks and 78 minutes an "archival clearinghouse of ideas." "Most of these songs exude a casual, understated cool, marked by winding, mesmerizing, spangly guitars and Brooks Nielsen's riveting, woebegone vocals," said Segal. "Even 38-second scraps such as "My Forehead's Dripping Ocean" bear close listening." Five years later, this is still one of the weirdest albums to come out of OC in recent memory. And that's why we love it. --Nate Jackson


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15)Cold War Kids, Robbers and Cowards (2006)
Two years after forming in Fullerton, Cold War Kids' 2006 debut established them as one of the early bands to bring indie rock into the mainstream. Singer Nathan Willett's lyrics that described painfully flawed characters and infectious, soulful melodies were raw and authentic. The band quickly became fixtures on radio stations all over the world with "We Used to Vacation" serving as their calling card. Combine those elements with generally positive reviews and you have yourself a delightful debut that laid the foundation for future successes for the quartet.--Daniel Kohn



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