You Are the Best Thing
Label: RCA RECORDS LABEL
Coldplay has turned an entire generation of American singer-songwriters into Brit pop clones. Luckily, there exist men like Donavon Frankenreiter and Ray LaMontagne who still look to 1970s California for inspiration. On his third album, the spiritual child of Michael McDonald and Stephen Stills digs even deeper into Southern soul, augmenting his raspy croon with horns, strings and female backup singers. Ten bucks says this guy's chest hair is thicker than the wilds of northern Maine.