Blue Merle

Burning in the Sun Island/Def Jam

Nashville's Blue Merle should suffice nicely while you wait for the next Coldplay album. It is eerie how much singer Lucas Reynolds's tenor sounds just like Coldplay leader Chris Martin's voice. Named after a Led Zeppelin lyric (not the Australian sheepdog), this foursome somewhat distinguishes itself by using a mandolin on its emotionally charged debut, Burning in the Sun. Other than that instrument -- not to be redundant, but, Burning in the Sun could be the third Coldplay full-length. Innocuous yet heartfelt, the soaring vocals of Reynolds guide sincere tunes such as the title track and "Seeing Through You." Blue Merle's genuine feelings are wholly believable, even if it sounds as if they were borrowed from someone else.

 
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