Freddie Mercury is just one of the pop newcomer's inspirations

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated March 16, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

1. HARRY NILSSON Pandemonium Shadow Show, 1967 (RCA) ”He’s a master storyteller, and this is the perfect example. There’s this delicious, happy-sad tension…. ‘1941’ and ‘Cuddly Toy’ are masterpieces. I’m a total obsessive.”

2. BJÖRK Homogenic, 1997 (Elektra) ”It’s a testament to her uniqueness and technical achievement that she was able to pull this off. It’s the highlight of her career so far. And that’s the most exciting part of it: so far. ”

3. BECK Guero, 2005 (Interscope) ”You know what? I’m not going to say what everybody says — Odelay. This is not an obvious choice for Beck, but it’s the twists, the turns, and the constant creative reinventions that make him one of my favorites.”

4. OF MONTREAL Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, 2007 (Polyvinyl) ”A delicious and sophisticated mix of Supertramp, ELO, Bowie, and LCD Soundsystem.”

5. CINDERELLA Original film soundtrack, 1950 (Disney) ”’The Work Song,’ where the mice sing while making the dress. [In falsetto croon] : ‘Cinderelly, Cinderelly…’ It warms my heart.”