This fire-haired songwriter’s voice strikes a perfect balance between the precise but homey crooning of Bonnie Raitt and the sheer incendiary power of Janis Joplin. But it’s the R&B grooves and stellar musicianship that put this record on our radar. Horn parts by Andy Snitzer and Kent Smith evoke the days of Stax Records. Very tasty B-3 comes courtesy of Bryan Adams and Dire Straits alum Tommy Mandel. Too macho for a taste of estro-rock? Delicious will have you asking for seconds. (Screen Door | kirstenthien.com)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
With roots-rock muscle and snarl somewhere between a female Tom Petty and what Heart would sound like if they were starting out today, this is clearly the put-the-top-downand- break-the-speed-limit album of the summer.