The Honeycut frontman's fourth solo record couldn't be smoother, leaning on early-'70s soul like a golden crutch while surveying AM pop, Laurel Canyon psych-folk, and Lennon-like singer-songwriter ballads. Frequent sweet surprises and the playful dexterity of Davenport's voice keep an ethereal grip on the listener throughout.
Bart Davenport's CD release party takes place Friday, September 19 at Cafe du Nord with Sugar and Gold, Miles Benjamin, and Anthony Robinson. 9:30 p.m., $12. CafeduNord.com