Picks and Pans Review: Recent Raves
More pop-rock than county, Rimes's latest album is a first-rate effort that broadens her appeal while still maintaining her standing as a major singing talent.
Amos Lee, Amos Lee
With his but rich voice, evocative lyrics and soul-folk sounds on a stripped-down debut that brings to mind a male Norah Jones, this Amos deserves to be famous.
Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
On this shining, mostly acoustic affair, Bright Eyes alternately evokes the altcountry of Ryan Adams, the alt-folk of Damien Rice and a roosty young Bob Dylan.
Sam Roberts, We Were Born in a Flame
Montreal singer-songwriter comes across as the guy version of Sheryl Crow, infusing melodious and mellow rock with country nuances.