Hobex Westeria

This disc starts promising enough, with some slinky big-horned blue-eyed soul, but suddenly, without warning, the drummer takes off after the first few songs. The remainder tries to maintain the flow, but a funky bass ain't nothin' without a drummer, and Westeria soon becomes merely pleasant, soul-inflected, blues-y folk. Overseen by the Squirrel Nut Zippers' Jim Mathus, a back-porch rendition of Sam Cooke's "That's Where It's At" is nice, but the rest of the album is profoundly okay. (Red Eye)