LARKSMEN, THE: Self-Titled: LP

Eric John Leslie has a pleasant, mannered voice and it works well against a quiet backdrop, like the mostly acoustic “She’s So Lonely.” (His voice sounds like it would have been at home on Shimmy Disc in the early ‘90s, with the likes of Dogbowl or the Bottlecaps.) But the Larksmen are a garage band, a pretty good one at that, and they need more grit out front. (Note: The Music Machine’s Sean Bonniwell guests on two tracks.) Mike Faloon

 –guest (Skylark Music)