It's difficult to believe that this pioneering Atlanta new-wave band hasn't issued a new album in 14 years.

It's difficult to believe that this pioneering Atlanta new-wave band hasn't issued a new album in 14 years. The Q's return to indie-label turf (after on-and-off associations with the majors) with no loss in song or sonic quality. Core members Jeff Calder, Bob Elsey, and Billy Burton receive assists from a host of guest players, including onetime Q's singer-turned-solo artist Anne Richmond Boston. The pop-tilting, sometimes lightly eccentric songwriting is of uniformly high caliber, with "Light Arriving Soon," the Beatles-esque "Out of Nothing," and "The Radio in Memphis" standing out on this elegantly produced collection. There's little not to love over the course of Royal Academy's generous 70-minute running time.—CM