TINA DICO Count to Ten
From the haunting introspection of the title track to the heartache-on-her-sleeve balladry of “Cruel to the Sensitive Kind,” there are countless reasons to appreciate this Danish-born, British-based singer-songwriter.
FERRAS Aliens & Rainbows
The new piano man on the scene comes off like a baby Elton on songs like “Hollywood’s Not America,” the American Idol-boosted first single. But Rainbows also displays shades of Coldplay and even Hall & Oates.
VAN MORRISON Keep It Simple
“Soul is not the color of your skin/ Soul is the essence … from within,” sings Morrison on his latest. And as these bluesy tunes demonstrate, he’s still one of the most soulful white dudes on the planet.
PRP is basically Daniel Hunter, an 18-year-old from Aledo, Texas, who sounds as if he grew up on ’80s radio. On the MySpace phenom’s full-length debut, his new-wavish noodling goes from charming to cheesy.