Out of the Loop

On his third collection, singer/songwriter Weigle makes his strongest bid for a mainstream breakthrough.

On his third collection, singer/songwriter Weigle makes his strongest bid for a mainstream breakthrough. Out of the Loop shows him flexing his warm, James Taylor-esque baritone over tunes that range from sweet acoustic-pop ("Cody," "I Remember") to country-laced rock ("The Difference," "Bears") —with the odd but effective pitstop into electro-pop ("Love Your Body"). Weigle's ultimate creative draw is his gift for writing evocative lyrics that are specific to his own gay life but are also universal to anyone who has ever fallen in (or out of) love. Commercially, he has an undeniable knack for weaving hooks that permanently stick to the brain upon impact, as well as producing his material with a clear, crisp style. His best bets for radio airplay are the playfully romantic "In the Last Five Minutes" and the gentle ballad "Wish You Were Here." Now all he needs are a few savvy, adventurous heroes at adult top 40 and triple-A. Contact: markweigle.com. —LF