Monsters Of Folk
Label: Rough Trade
The monsters: Jim James, M. Ward, Conor Oberst, producer Mike Mogis. The folk: indie rock's retro-adorin' interpretation of it, meaning a few dashes of twang here, a mandolin there and even a nod to Johnny Cash ("Man Named Truth"). Each member can harmonize and pick a six-string with the best of them, so they're going to get CSNY and Traveling Wilburys comparisons, but it's about time a new generation got itself a folk-rockin' supergroup. Mutual respect and spotlight time keep the vibe smooth and carefree. Highlights: "Dear God," "Say Please," "Temazcal," "Baby Boomer," "Slow Down Jo."