The general consensus on Stephin Merritt is that he's the Cole Porter of our times, meaning that he is witty, gay, catchy, witty (did I mention that one already?), and gay. And catchy. Boy howdy, are his songs catchy.
The House of Tomorrow (1996). Stephin Merritt on lead vocals. Five songs built on loops and synth-pop.
Charm of the Highway Strip (1994). A concept album about roads and travel that is seemingly built on themes from country music (although it is still as electropoppy as its predecessor).