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BurlAp to CAshmere
Burlap to Cashmere (Jive/Essential) FOR FANS OF: Global folk, Steven Delopoulos QQQ
At one time, Burlap to Cashmere was a seven-piece band unleashing a Mediterranean flavored acoustic assault. Now a trio, the flavors have settled and matured on their new self-titled release—the first in over a decade. Fans might long for the earlier flair, but steady tunes like “Closer to the Edge” show that Steven Delopoulos is a better songwriter than ever. while it’s a bit different, BTC is definitely a better band for the distance.
offering in five years and features a myriad of socially-charged songwriting inspired by the 1970s soulful singer/songwriter movement. The project also benefits from a
pair of co-writes with the legendary ringo Starr, who also plays drums on the cuts they penned together (“Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here”).
WE LIKE: “Spilling Faith”
DeAth CAB For Cutie
Codes and keys (Atlantic Records) FOR FANS OF: Jimmy Eat World, The Postal Service, Hyland QQQQ
Now that Death Cab has longevity on its side, this seventh long player doesn’t attempt to cater towards
the radio faction of its fan base, nor is it a rethread of the
group’s now classic 2003 breakthrough album Transatlanticism (though it’s by far this act’s best album since then). Instead, it finds the foursome plotting a fresh course that takes
a contemplative and cerebral tone across the group’s most mature lyrical direction to date that addresses everything from falling in love to self-awakening.
WE LIKE: “Underneath the Sycamore”
WE LIKE: “Closer to the Edge”
give Till it’s gone (Virgin) FOR FANS OF: Blind Boys of Alabama, Lenny Kravitz, Marvin Gaye QQQQ
Though he’s recorded with a variety of backing bands as diverse as the Innocent Criminals to the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper’s tenth studio CD takes the solo route. Give Till It’s Gone (Virgin) marks his first individual