In his prolific collaboration with Sheryl Crow—he has co-written 15 songs on her last three albums—musician/producer Jeff Trott has amply demonstrated his songwriting chops.

In his prolific collaboration with Sheryl Crow—he has co-written 15 songs on her last three albums—musician/producer Jeff Trott has amply demonstrated his songwriting chops. On this, his debut album, Trott offers a plethora of tones and textures, all in service of more superb songwriting. Through such standout tracks as "Walk a Cloud," "The Few That Remain," and "Maybe That's Something," the last of which appears on Crow's The Globe Sessions, Trott's affinity for trippy sonic weirdness, achieved with Eastern instruments and backward tape effects, is abundant, always augmenting, not overshadowing, strong songwriting. Dig Up the Astroturf was mixed by surround-sound specialist David Tickle, who also created a 5.1 mix of the album, available on DVD-Audio from DTS Entertainment. An auspicious debut filled with psychedelic fun, yet a thoroughly modern record.—CW