AMOS LEE, "Supply and Demand"

With his reedy, almost delicate voice conjuring a Bill Withers raised on '70s singer/songwriter/California light-rock records, Lee has massive potential to reign atop the Triple A charts and even tipt

The delivery of an Amos Lee record has to make for an emotional day for Blue Note execs. With his reedy, almost delicate voice conjuring a Bill Withers raised on '70s singer/songwriter/California light-rock records, Lee has massive potential to reign atop the Triple A charts and even tiptoe into the mainstream. Sooner or later, Blue Note figures, he's gonna hit gold. And they're right.

Will "Supply and Demand" be the record to do it? Probably not, but that doesn't detract from what the record is: a thoroughly elegant, heart-spilling set of songs that can bloom on both breezy afternoons and in romantic evenings. Sensual, soulful and thoughtful songs that have been carefully written and recorded, like the cathartic opener "Shout It Out Loud," the slow-burning, regretful gem "Careless," the smooth, cool "Southern Girl" and the maudlin, bravely naked, steel guitar-inflected closer "Long Line of Pain." Another swirl of acoustic soul and folk, the disc further establishes the Philly troubadour as a singer/songwriter whose records are worth your money and whose career you'll want to follow. -- Wes Orshoski