Maia Sharp's eponymous second album conjures the allure of yesteryear's Brill Building luminaries.
Maia Sharp's eponymous second album conjures the allure of yesteryear's Brill Building luminaries. Nearly all of its 12 radio-poised pop tracks were written in collaboration with one or more songwriters, including Sharp's father, Randy. Sharp wields her crisp, alluring choruses like a temptress; listeners will surely be ensnared. A multi-instrumentalist with a particular flair for moody sax wails, Sharp pens vivid character sketches about desperate, no-win trysts and the impossible nature of fame. The 31-year-old often caps her clear, brawny vocals with a sad twist, particularly on such sly lines as "I come a little closer to a hit with every miss," from "You Can't Lose Them All." "Sinners," the best cut on this set, says it all: Sharp's tear-soaked lyrics and high-cresting melody conspire for a finely crafted lesson on invincible pop.—KIT