Only idiots hate it when their favorite musical discovery gets popular, especially when that artist does so by becoming more pop. Pop, of course, doesnt mean bad. Thankfully, fans of singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Raul Midon dont have to stress about that; hes been steeped in universal appeal since Jump Street. His second album, last falls World Within a World, continues that all-embracing aesthetic by combining jazz with soul, folk with Latin, all of which is sprinkled with a poppy bounce you never feel guiltyor cheatedfor enjoying. (He plays the mouth trumpet, for chrissakes!) Its a sonic landscape designed by his influences, from Miles Davis to Paul Simon, but which follows Midons own blueprints and is as accessible as it is compatible with human experience. Dude may be blind, but he sees. With Courtney Jones. KEVIN CAPP
Listen to a sample of Raul Midon's "Peace On Earth."
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