On the Record

By Bill Chenovert
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How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell

(Mercury/Fontana/Vagrant)

Sounds Like: Band Aid founder and Boomtown Rats frontman’s first LP in 10 years is a strange, dark collection with a mixed bag of instrumentation, paces and vibes.

Free Association: Will he ever live down that “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” nightmare?

For Fans Of: Bono x Dylan, Sting’s newest work, Billy Mack in Love Actually.

Caitlin Rose

Own Side Now

(Theory 8)

Sounds Like: Pretty sophomore effort of Nashville, Tenn.,-bred Americana from the chain-smoking daughter of country singer Liz Rose; her voice has a quiet, gentle beauty.

Free Association: Her delivery’s a little lazy, but in a good way.

For Fans Of: Patsy Cline x Jenny Lewis, Prairie Home Companion, boots and skirts.

Aaron Lewis

Town Line

(Stroudavarious)

Sounds Like: The Staind frontman’s been singin’ solo sets since 17, and even though he’s from industrial central Massachusetts, here’s his straight-up country solo EP.

Free Association: If you think about it, Staind was never really that far from country.

For Fans Of: George Jones, irrational patriotism, buck hunting, pick-ups.

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