Album: Swift Feet for Troubling Times


Label: Independent

Released: June 12

**** (out of five)

If you missed the stunning release from Toronto’s Ohbijou when it originally came out last year, this remastered reissue offers a second chance to discovery something beautiful.

This seven-piece folk-pop ensemble mixes musical ingredients such as trumpet, banjo and cello, in just the right magical proportion to cast the listener into a hypnotic dream.

Casey Mecija’s bewitching vocals are hard to resist. Her singing is natural and effortless and has a sweet lullaby quality.

John Doe

Album: A Year In the Wilderness

Label: Yep Rock

Released: June 12

*** (out of five)

Folk music is the perfect place for old punk rockers to retire to. Both traditions share a working class ethic and intellect absent from the superficial mainstream. With this album, John Doe proves he has made the transition from seminal punker in L.A.’s X to folk-rock troubadour, comfortably and competently, but not outstandingly. There are some good songs here, but the extra umph needed to raise this CD above good pub rock is missing.

Enrique Iglesias

Album: Insomniac

Label: Interscope

Released: June 12

* (out of five)

True, Enrique Iglesias has sold 40 million albums, but McDonald’s has served billions of people and that doesn’t make junk food any less likely to upset your stomach. Though Insomniac may suggest the possibility of some depth concerning Iglesias’ real-life struggle with insomnia, the opposite is true. This is bland, simple, sexualized dribble — although it’s likely to be popular with giggling pre-teen girls high on lip balm and sparkles. How does this man sleep at night?