The burden of the contemporary singer/ songwriter is in formulating a sound that is completely unique.

The burden of the contemporary singer/ songwriter is in formulating a sound that is completely unique. With "Luminaria," Ian Moore accomplishes just that. Lyrically, the album is filled with shadowy, deep imagery, like a mysterious black-and-white photograph. From opening track "What I've Done," Moore puts the listener in the passenger seat right beside him, and he drives down real-life roads. He doesn't fly with angels: He dances with devils. Instrumentally, the record is equally intelligent—filled with dark subtleties, recalling a time when the Beatles experimented with the moodier side of pop. Moore's low, melodic voice is the perfect accomplice to the musical conundrum he has created.—MDS