Matt Pond PA Measure

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Matt Pond makes a true stab at greatness with his second album, Measure, blending a string section in the fold of a traditional rock band set-up to craft a solid record. An 11-track offering structured around two instrumental tracks, "Measure Parts 1 and 2," the winning pop disc thrives on the honeyed tones of Pond's voice and poignant arrangements. Highlights include "Flying Through the Scenery," "The Hollows," and "The Price of Spring." (Esque)