Wonder - Colin Meloy (2008)
You don't expect such tenderness from the guy who gave us "The Rake's Song" and " A Cautionary Tale". That doesn't stop "Wonder" from being the most beautiful tribute to a child since, to be redundant, "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon. Colin Meloy takes a break from his epic tales of Celtic myth, ghosts trapped in chimney flumes and wacky upbringings to give us this gem. He has shown love before, but never in an autobiographical sense. It's a form that suits him as well as his short stories. Like his cover EP's of Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke, it shows that this young star is just starting to explore his versatility. Let's hope for many more years of such diverse and glorious work.