Miami's Best Albums of 2011: Rachel Goodrich's Self-Titled Sophomore Record

To close out the year, Crossfade is picking its favorite albums by 305 artists. Check out the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2011.

Rachel Goodrich

Rachel Goodrich

(Yellow Bear Records)

Loving Rachel Goodrich hasn't always been easy.

Sure, she's the Magic City's ukelele-playing indie-pop princess, whose adorably twisted, intensely endearing ditties get stuck in your head like an extremely catchy case of brain worm. So what's not to love?

But when Rachel suddenly split for Los Angeles last year, we were totally heartbroken.

Luckily, her self-titled sophomore album arrived in the mail like an 11-part love letter, brimming with supersweet songs -- especially 38-second sing-along "G-Dino" and bright, bouncy "Light Bulb" -- that kept our totally out-of-control crush alive, even with Rachel all the way out on the West Coast.

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