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AIRHEAD: THE LYING KING
He's baaaaack. (7/22a)
LAW FIRM TO LABEL:
CLIVE AND WALTER
These two go way back. (7/22a)
PARADIGM AND CODA TIE THE KNOT
Hands across the water (7/22a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: FREYA RIDING HIGH
She's on Capitol in the Colonies. (7/22a)
NEW RELEASES: WHERE THE BATTLE IS
You can color the chart ginger for another week. (7/22a)
EARTHQUAKE!
We thought it was just the hangover.
WEED!
What strain pairs best with sloth?
COPYRIGHTS!
They're complicated.
PIZZA!
Why haven't we been talking about it?
Critics' Choice
SEAN MCCONNELL: A TROUBADOUR BREAKS OUT
6/2/16

Sean McConnell has seen his songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, the Eli Young Band and the cast of TV's Nashville, among many others. He's also put out a handful of well-received albums of his own. But his new set on Rounder is his most accomplished yet, and reflects both finely honed songcraft and emotional depth. Among the standouts: the wistful "Holy Days," the Mellencampian "Ghost Town," future Valentine's Day standard "Best We've Ever Been" and the exquisite "Queen of Saint Mary's Choir."

His voice sounds gorgeous, and the production—by the Nashville team of Ian Fitchuk and Jason Lehning—is crystalline. Is McConnell ready to become a star himself? Judging by this stellar set, we'd say yes.