Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
This alt-pop outfit's fifth CD tackles themes like voter apathy and depression with a deceptively light touch.
Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill Shelton maintains a high level of artistic integrity with this ingratiating album of terrific country music.
Roso Passos, Amorosa
Brazilian star Passos may herald a rebirth of bossa nova and samba with this vibrant collection.
Willie Nelson, It Always Will Be
On his charmingly romantic latest, the 71-year-old country great turns his well-aged laconic style to affecting duets with Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams.
Elliot Smith, From a Basement on the Hill
The singer-songwriter, who died last year at 34, makes a lasting impression thanks to some engaging, surprisingly upbeat pop-rock with layered electric guitars plus gorgeous acoustic tracks.