One and Only

This is one of those albums that succeeds beautifully on every level.

This is one of those albums that succeeds beautifully on every level. The songwriting is impressive, the vocals are engaging, and the musicianship is skilled and adventurous. This talented outfit from Mobile, Ala., has delivered the feel-good album of the year. The horn-infused "Neighborhoods" sounds more like a party anthem than a song about death. Lead vocalist Mike Weaver, the group's principal songwriter, and his cohorts (brother/bass guitarist Jay Weaver, drummer Jeff Jones, sax/keyboardist Joe Shirk, and guitarist Jeremy Redmon) have crafted a memorable collection of hooky pop songs that are musically effervescent yet lyrically meaty. Jeromy Deibler (lead vocalist for Essential band FFH) produced the set, which includes such stand-out cuts as the sax-saturated "Never Goin' Back," the plaintive ballad "Rest," and the single "In Christ." One and Only signals the arrival of a major new talent. Contact 615-261-6521.—DEP