Starr's Songs From Take-Off to Landing is just what a satisfying album should be—a truly enjoyable listening experience that sounds better and touches deeper the closer you get.

Starr's Songs From Take-Off to Landing is just what a satisfying album should be—a truly enjoyable listening experience that sounds better and touches deeper the closer you get. Amid country/ rock accompaniment, Starr can be lyrically serious and complex or fun and sassy to an always powerful effect. The project—which focuses on a general "coming of age" theme throughout—kicks off with "Somethin's Gotta Change," a track about a lifestyle makeover. "Big Sky," a splendid vehicle for Starr's deliciously versatile and sleek voice, openly admires a positive role model, while "Silent Night" (with vocal assistance from Mary Chapin Carpenter) centers on escaping a destructive force. On the self-deprecating "Serves Me Right," Starr receives a helping hand from Steve Earle.—JP