Riding To New York
Label: Nettwerk Records
Michael David Rosenberg's breathy rasp once again fits nicely alongside delicate guitars and mournful strings on this fifth album from the one-time Brighton busker turned international folk-pop star. And as usual, he's finding creative ways to mix dark themes with feather-light arrangements: "Hey I'm a fish out of water/ A lamb to the slaughter." With gorgeous melodies and heart perpetually on sleeve (except when his heart's burning, as on lead single "Heart's on Fire"), this is Mumford & Sons meets Cat Stevens, courtesy of the nicest lad to ever break your heart.