9. The Fiery Furnaces, Widow City (2006)
The Fiery Furnaces’ music and lyrics in the 2000s were often as concrete as they were convoluted, and Widow City best exemplifies their complex nature. A collection of sixteen songs that began with “The Philadelphia Grand Jury”— a seven-minute ode to everything from conspiracies to being sued— the album veered off in countless musical directions while retaining its own internal logic. As with many Fiery Furnaces albums, Widow City was unified by its aggressive, guitar-driven sound and stream-of-consciousness lyrics (particularly on “Navy Nurse” and “Clear Signal from Cairo”), and delivered a listening experience unlike any other.