Take Me Home
Mike Hadreas is no light soul. He digs, unabashedly, into the darkest corners of dark, turning tales of addiction, overdoses, suicide, hookers, porn, death and his mom into truly haunting music. His sparse orchestral pop recalls such earnest singer-songwriters as Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power and Antony Hegarty; his second album weaves piano, acoustic guitar, strings and horns around vocals that shake with just the slightest hint of a man holding back a major crying jag. Still, rays of light emerge, on occasion: "I will carry on with grace/ Zero tears on my face."