Next Right Thing

Like his hero, James Taylor, Seth Glier has seen fire and he’s seen rain. Also like Taylor, the 21-year-old Massachusetts-born singer-songwriter is a firm believer in keeping cool, taking the good with the bad and never, under any circumstances, raising his voice. Glier’s sophomore album is filled with sweet, slice-of-life piano-pop tunes, and whether he’s singing about bombs falling on Baghdad (“First”) or driving to New York City to visit a girl (“Walk Katie Home”), he’s earnest and endearing—a pop craftsman who comes in peace, eager to soothe and inspire. “There’s beauty in the breakdown,” he sings at one point, sounding like a man who’s learned how to recognize it.

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