Obligatory Villagers is the third studio album by Nellie McKay, was released on September 25, 2007. The album is brief compared to both of her past releases, which both had total times of around an hour. However, the total time of Villagers is roughly equivalent to that of the individual discs on both of her double-disc releases. Bob Dorough appears as a guest vocalist on several tracks. Many of the musicians on the album reside in the Poconos, particularly the Delaware Water Gap area. Having been a COTA Cat, Nellie got to know the musicians that appear on this record. Nancy Reed, a voice teacher in Stroudsburg, sings with her on "Politan." Nellie McKay was Nancy Reed's first student.
Critical response to the album was mixed. Pitchfork Media and Allmusic both commented that the album was "difficult to understand", though they also agreed that McKay is a talented songwriter and arranger.