Presenting The Best DFW Albums of 2009...
3. Teenage Cool Kids, Foreign Lands (Protagonist)
Must hear: "Reservoir Feelings," "Foreign Lands," "Speaking in Tongues," "Poison Sermons"
Sure, Teenage Cool Kids made its name as a group of rousing punks in the Denton house circuit. But what's most surprising about Foreign Lands, turns out, is the fact that it's not really a punk record at all. Owing more to acts like Built to Spill and Dinosaur Jr. than anyone of the three-chord set, Foreign Lands still finds the band sonically reveling in its lo-fi comfort zone, but more confidently than ever. Bolstered by that self-assurance, the disc's 12 tracks come out of the gate demanding attention. And rightfully so: These are among the most sprawling, angsty, sing-along anthems we've heard all year, local or otherwise.