On the Record: Esperanza Spalding, Ruben Studdard & More

By Bill Chenevert
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For Fans Of: Hank Williams x Ray LaMontagne, A.A. Bondy, countrified hipsters.

 

Lost In The Trees

A Church That Fits Our Needs

(Anti-)

Sounds Like: A fascinating second collection from Chapel Hill, N.C.’s Ari Picker, who spearheads a talented collective making complex and lush atmospheric folk-pop.

Free Association: The kind of record that demands, nay, commands multiple spins.

For Fans Of: Mark Mothersbaugh x Radiohead + a hillbilly orchestra, chamber pop.

 

Ruben Studdard

Letters From Birmingham

(Shanachie)

Sounds Like: Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis-produced soul from the American Idol, whose fifth LP is shockingly good despite his nosedive from stardom and budget record cover.

Free Association: Remember “Sorry 2004?” We do, and shall never forget him for it.

For Fans Of: Fantasia/Clay Aiken, Peabo Bryson/Luther Vandross, ham sandwiches.

 

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

Rot Gut, Domestic

(Mariel Recordings)

Sounds Like: The Indianapolis-born chamber rock supergroup’s fourth is a pleasant, robust and easy-listening folk rock romp with lots of sunny, jangly flavor.

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