• John Paul Keith

The first time I listened to The Man That Time Forgot (Big Legal Mess), the second album by Memphis pop-rocker John Paul Keith, I was only a few tracks in when I had to grab the CD case to look up what I was sure was a cover song I couldn’t quite place—but every tune was credited to Keith. Even knowing that, I kept reaching for the liner notes as I listened to the rest of the album, convinced again that I was hearing a cover—so no, this isn’t the most original-sounding music made this year. What it is, though, is pure pleasure.