“Olly Olly,” Penny and Sparrow (I Love You / Thirty Tigers)
In the first few unassuming bars of Penny and Sparrow’s new album, “Olly Olly,” it is not immediately apparent that this collection of songs signifies a shift for duo Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke.
“Ghost Stories,” The Whitmore Sisters (Red House Records)
Sibling harmony can be a contradiction in terms.
It also makes for lovely music, and that’s the case here.
“BRIGHTSIDE,” The Lumineers (Dualtone Records)
It will be hard for The Lumineers to top their immersive 2019 masterpiece “III” — a three-part concept album and accompanying short film exploring the cycle of addiction through generations.
“Delta Man,” Bobby Allison and Gerry Spehar (Independent)
The new album by longtime songwriting collaborators Bobby Allison and Gerry Spehar includes an exuberant self-assessment on “Bubba Billy Boom Boom & Me,” a tune as entertaining as its title.
Jamestown Revival, “Young Man" (Thirty Tigers)
The list of really good Americana roadhouse bands that have emerged from the Texas music scene over the years is a long one. The list of those that distinguished themselves by doing something fresh and original, not so much.
Various Artists, "Music Inspired by the Film Roma" (Sony Music Masterworks)
Beck, Patti Smith, Unkle, DJ Shadow and Billie Eilish are part of a large and diverse group performing songs inspired by Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," resulting in an album that has plenty of good music but with few direct links to the film.