Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond
I really like this album - although it's hard to say if everyone else will. If I had to try and describe it, it's something to do with some very tasteful arranging along with some very good vocal work.
Carnival Amour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrSZBam5sIs
0:00 Song starts
0:08 notice how the horns are syncopated on this second repetition
0:17 Note the last note of the vocal phrases is the major 3rd.
0:19 The second note of this phrase here is the minor 3rd for that same key - it creates an interesting effect.
0:29 Note the subtle (intentional) voice crack
0:53 Another voice crack.
1:00 A nice section blatantly 'borrowed' from Pachebel's Canon.
1:47 Here, she uses an extra 'cutesy voice'.
1:50 Here, it's the "manly voice".
2:18 The voice crack, again.
3:16 Another voice crack!
3:25 I really like the strength and phrasing of the final note of this phrase (the 5th to the tonic of the key) throughout the song.
20th Century Boys and Girls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUG4WS415yg