Teddy Thompson, "Bella"
British singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson certainly has a strong musical pedigree. The son of folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy hasn't gained much chart success in the United States, but his work has drawn positive reviews and he's collaborated with such respected acts as Rufus Wainwright and Keane. Thompson's newest album, "Bella," is a logical follow-up to his 2008 release, offering a similar mixture of folk, country and soft rock. But the artist is at his best when delivering country-influenced songs, as heard on the cheerful single "Looking for a Girl." And straightforward lyrics like "I guess it's good lovin' that I want the most/Someone who turns my bread into buttered toast" set the tone for"Bella." The album almost exclusively features love ballads, but "I Feel" and "The One I Can't Have" are standouts that breathe some life into the collection. Elsewhere, tracks like "Over and Over" and "Home" ditch the country vibe in favor of mellow rock.