Begin to Hope
I've mentioned Regina Spektor a couple of times (1,2). At this point, her new disc, Begin to Hope, has racked up a deserved 79 on Metacritic. Metamerist recommended! (I think her song Us from her disc Soviet Kitsch is one of the best pop songs I've heard in the past few years. It's on her site under Music.)
Also, I've been enjoying Zero 7's new disc, The Garden.
To it's credit, it does have two marks of a winner: KCRW seems to like it and Pitchfork Media hates it. This sort of diametric opposition is always a good sign.