Let the Good Times Roll
JD McPherson does more than a credible job paying tribute to vintage rock ’n’ roll sounds while still sounding refreshingly cool and modern. The album’s title track nods to songs by Louis Jordan and The Cars while feeling very 2015. Producer Mark Neill (Los Straitjackets, The Black Keys) keeps a tight grip on the sound, carving out room for electric guitars, tinkling pianos, and crisp beats in a carefully manipulated space. “You Must Have Met Little Caroline?,” the Dan Auerbach cowrite “Bridgebuilder,” and the James Sutton cowrite “Precious” are timeless songs that highlight McPherson’s remarkably soulful vocals.