“Previously skeptical, even hostile, listener hears the band’s latest track and is utterly blown away” is a common scene in fiction about musicians (and probably in musicians’ livelier fantasies), to the point that coming across it is my signal to throw the novel at the wall and go on to something else.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you. . . Lee DeWyze. Frames (buy deluxe at iTunes, buy at Amazon, official site). DeWyze is putting his stint as the butt monkey of American Idol culture behind him (note those long strides on the album cover!) with a new album on the indie label Vanguard — in which he returns to his folk-rock roots and shows that he means business.
This calls for carrot-caramel brownies to accompany track-by-track consideration. The brownies have their roots in Caramel Apple brownies from Lemons for Lulu. Frames has its roots in Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles.
Preheat your oven to 350, grease your 9×9 pan, fire up your headphones, and let’s do this thing.
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