Pulse: 60-Second Critic: CD: Urban Angel
(Dorado Records; $12.99)
With the re-release of her underappreciated 2006 debut, there’s hope that a legion of new fans will discover this Fishtown transplant,
With the re-release of her underappreciated 2006 debut, there’s hope that a legion of new fans will discover this Fishtown transplant, who delivers a stirring, sexy record that’s filler-free and rewarding from start to finish. Guitars take a backseat to the keyboards and ambient loops that swirl around Urban Angel‘s centerpiece — Walker’s sweetly powerful voice-as she floats above playful grooves. With a palette ranging from come-hither ("No One Else") to haunting ("Circles"), this is a soundtrack for rainy mornings, blue-sky afternoons and late nights, all at once. Two worthy bonuses on the iTunes edition: a sunny Thievery Corporation remix of "Quicksand," her ode to breakup survival, and "Crush," which is guaranteed to inspire rampant makeout sessions as Walker breathlessly insists, "You can take me anywhere."