I lived through high school once, I don't really want to do it again.
Fashion Nugget (1996)
!! CAUTION !! - Bought this in seventh or eighth grade primarily because all my friends bought it and I wanted to be cool too, then by the time I actually did so it was considered passe -- but I ended up a great fan of the band for a time anyway; sadly, like fellow ironic-detachment titans Beck and Ben Folds, Cake is now unlistenable to me, and this is their worst record of all: smarmy and smug and care-ful-ly en-un-ci-at-ed deadpan, badly sung and performed by people who kinda seem to hate rock music, excluding solely the serviceable rockabilly "Stickshifts and Safetybelts" and strange meander "Italian Leather Sofa" and yes this really is one sentence.
!! CAUTION !! - Distinctly of-its-time trip hop might pass on quaintness except its actual content, as opposed to its production, is just so fucking inept compared to the many practitioners of this genre whose trend-mongering was less explicit; do you prefer the obnoxious attempted Stax invocation "If Lovin' You Is Wrong" with its comic book panel of sensuality or the bad-breath charmer "Dirty Ol' Man"?
The Joy Formidable
Wolf's Law (2013)
As throwback major label arena rock bands go in 2013, this is probably stellar and certainly eclipses the similar glitziness of Florence and the Machine melodically and vocally, but this person with a onetime soft spot for Muse has lost whatever connection would let him admire any band whose primary touchstone seems to be Queen; if you feel otherwise, I advise you to listen to this.