Let the Road
Bolstered by the success of “Me and My Broken Heart (which samples Rob Thomas’ “Lonely No More”), the debut album by Manchester, England’s brightest young things carries a heady torch for pop and R&B. And main producer Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Maroon 5) establishes an unshakable sheen throughout. The title song about the warmth of home features a sunny a cappella that intersects fittingly with heavy orchestration and a marching feel. The Ed Sheeran–penned “Hotel Ceiling” is a heartbreaker, “Appreciated” is perfect acoustic-driven pop, and the melancholic “Beautiful Excuses” is as beautiful a song as any released since 2000.