Raymond Fiore
February 28, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Like his sensitive forebears James Taylor and Bill Withers, this Philly troubadour crafts concise, soulful songs with a warm palette of acoustic colors. Lee’s laid-bare tunes feel homey, no doubt deepened by his authentic melisma and growing-pained lyrical sense: ”I’m in love with a girl who’s in love with the world, though I can’t help but follow/Though I know someday she is bound to float away.” Youthful abandon for the wise and wide-eyed.

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