The former Dire Straits frontman continues his impressive post-band career with this double whammy of an album that runs the gamut of his musical interests from buoyant sea chanteys to haunting ballads to bluesy rockers to rootsy ruminations. All of them are topped off by his achingly elegant guitar work and beguiling bray, which manages to balance wry humor and melancholy sometimes within the space of a single song. SARAH RODMAN
Kasey Chambers and
“Wreck & Ruin”
Aussie singer-songwriter Chambers followed up her recent album of covers, “Storybook,” with this charming acoustic collection of traditional country and roots pop originals that reteams her with her hubby and fellow songwriter Nicholson. Unsurprisingly the couple continues to demonstrate excellent chemistry with hand-in-glove harmonies, lyrics that range from heartbreaking to spirited, and warm production on everything from the old-timey boot-stomper “Flat Nail Joe” to the idyllic “The Quiet Life.” S.R.
“Glad All Over”
After a seven-year recording hiatus, during which Jakob Dylan pursued a solo career and many of the band members fanned out to work with others, the gang reconvened. With help from producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Emmylou Harris) and Mick Jones of the Clash, and former Red Hot Chili Pepper Jack Irons on drums, “Glad” offers the band doing what it does best, straight-up rock ’n’ roll with rootsy flourishes. S.R.