maTT werTz weights and wings (Handwritten Records) FOR FANS OF: Dave Barnes, Brandon Heath, Matt Nathanson QQQQ Smooth. Romantic. Timeless. Matt Wertz gets it all absolutely perfect. His signature guitar stays intact, but an impeccable, upbeat vocal ensures his style is not stagnant. “Someone like You” is a lively, infectious pop song with a hint of country, and “Easier Tonight” exhibits one of Wertz’s best vocal offerings to date. The Mississippi-born singer/songwriter has produced another flawless album, and though it is not overtly Christian, the project is a clean, cheerful project brimming with brilliant love songs. –Grace S. Aspinwall WE LIKE: “Feels So Right” TidewaTer The Seas we Sail (ROXR) FOR FANS OF: The Boxer Rebellion, David Condos QQQQ The well-rounded pop/rock compositions on The Seas We Sail belie the solo act behind the music. Tidewater is actually Brett Allen, the lone gunman behind the impressive, mostly straightforward fare on this re- release of his full-length debut. It’s a shame songs like “City lights” and “Surrounded” weren’t discovered the first time around, but Tidewater will no doubt make waves in time. –Matt Conner WE LIKE: “City Lights” dakoTa green Love is Taking over (Independent) FOR FANS OF: One Republic, David Archuleta QQQQ He may be young, but newcomer dakota Green showcases maturity beyond his years on his latest EP. Radio single “All I Wanna know” boasts a soaring vocal backed by a catchy chorus and synth additions. Green shows a broad range of ability, with the one Republic-esque title track, and the smooth and moving vocals on “let It Go.” The album centers around the theme of surrender, and the result is truly beautiful and freeing; definitely an indie artist to watch. –Grace S. Aspinwall WE LIKE: “Let It Go” indie reviews indie 42 CCM