Letitia VanSant's strengths are her sweet singing voice and her lyrics. Gut It to the Studs is a sparsely arranged folk album that plays to those strengths.
Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard adds horns and keyboard to his sound, but the songwriting has settled into a pleasant but forgettable holding pattern.
Dream Wife attempts to merge punk attitude, pop sensibilities, and female empowerment themes on their debut album and mostly succeed.
Monocle Band features a pair of strong singer-songwriters and rock-solid musicianship. They're at their best when they stretch beyond standard Americana.
TMBG's 20th album mixes catchy power pop with strange lyrics and the occasional unusual instrumentation. This formula is still effective, even after 35 years.