Blue Merle

    Burning in the Sun

    6

    Enjoying Blue Merle evokes the sort of guilt that otherwise-hip fans of Counting Crows and Coldplay know too well. The analogy is all the more apt in light of lead singer Luke Reynolds’s expressive tenor, which alternates between spot-on impersonations of Adam Duritz and Chris Martin. But cool or not, the Nashville quartet combines jazzy instrumentation — upright bass and mandolin contribute to a post-Metheny vibe — with Stephen Harris’s crisp production to offer a major-label debut of thoughtful and pristine adult acoustic pop.

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