AM: Future Sons Daughters 

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The second album from this Southern boy by way of Los Angeles would more aptly have been titled Past Sons & Daughters. Following the path he forged with his 2006 debut Troubled Times, AM rummages through the '60s and '70s looking for ideas in unlikely places. Future sound-bites Philly soul, Brazilian flavors and Italian soundtracks, but it all turns out like country-tinged, throwback Cali pop. A bit Turtles, a bit Byrds, a bit Mamas and Papas, the perfectly dated instrumentation on Future is as raw and genuine as AM's heart-baring sentiments. Perfumed, breezy rhythms tingle on "It's Been So Long," where AM shares the mic with Angela Correa. The quiet strums of "Leavenworth" almost squeeze out a tear, and "Grand Opinion" has a jaunty approach Jim Morrison couldn't quite latch onto. Future closes with the lullaby hums of "Endings Are Beginnings," signifying a start as much as a finish. 3 out of 5 stars.

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