March 29, 2007

Test Spin: Amos Lee

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Hailing from the city of brotherly love, Amos Lee combines folk, rock and blues for a surprisingly refreshing sound, and all while staying true to his soulful Philly roots. I got sucked into his original style by “Colors,” a collaborative effort with Norah Jones. This moody melody from his self-titled debut album was featured as a sentimental backdrop in the overly dramatized hospital dramas House and Grey’s Anatomy. While his tunes do have the perfect “soundtrack” quality, they are entertaining in their own right — a tribute to his journey to a heretofore unexplored infusion of genres. There’s a smattering of soulful ballads and upbeat tracks on his sophomore album Supply and Demand, which lives up to his first album, even if it is just more of the same. Lee’s lyrics and melodies may not be blow-your-mind original, but his own concocted genre certainly is. This latest effort is an emotional rollercoaster making for one sweet-sounding album.