Brendan Gamble Heartless Moon

Cathartic albums can be highly personal to the point of being over self-indulgent. Thankfully, when Brendan Gamble sat down to transfer the pain of his divorce from Moon Seven Times band-mate Lynn Canfield to song, his emotional quagmire made for good listening. The loneliness is made palpable as Gamble opts out of the band setting and approaches most of these songs in a solitary manner, with little more than guitar and voice. The title track, with its delicate cornet accompaniment and slow swaying melody, are enough to make you want to get divorced yourself if the by-products are this sweet. (Parasol)