Distressor

For those who fear Oasis may never reach its career high of (What's the Story) Morning Glory ever again, Atlanta's Tender Idols could serve as a plausible substitute in the meantime.

For those who fear Oasis may never reach its career high of (What's the Story) Morning Glory ever again, Atlanta's Tender Idols could serve as a plausible substitute in the meantime. Their third album, Distressor, follows a similar style of anthemic rock infused with lavish textures; it doesn't hurt that front man Ian Webber is an Englishman who shares a similar vocal quality with Liam Gallagher (despite a higher register) or that producer Gavin MacKillop has helmed the board for other non-abrasive, guitar-driven acts, such as Goo Goo Dolls and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Highlights include the U2-inflected "Man out of Season," the eerie acoustic work of "Washed Away," and the richly layered closer "The Two of Us (Part 2)." Distressor weaves a cohesive, moving musical tapestry from beginning to end.—CLT