“The music of The Bookends is a groovy throwback to 1960s pop” as their fun, sophomore album, “Calliope,” aptly shows.
Ray LaMontagne’s “Monovision,” recalls the warm acoustic songs of artists like CSN, Van Morrison, and Jim Croce. Just what’s needed now.
Matthew Sweet is one of our best purveyors of power pop. His 90s-era album, “Girlfriend,” was a refreshing counter to emerging grunge.
It’s the 80s song that never fails to make you feel good. But the back story to Katrina and The Waves (and their hit) is a little less sunny.