Let’s get straight to the point: Diego Garcia’s solo debut Laura is one of the most gorgeous albums you’ll hear this year. In some parallel world, where songs like “Walk Away Renee” still rule the earth, this album will be king.
Pity this is not that world, and so Garcia’s string-kissed acoustic ballads face an uphill battle vying for attention in an overcrowded market. But let us just say this: if someone attempts to assemble a “Garden State”-type soundtrack in the next couple of years, you better believe that “You Were Never There” will be on it.
Laura hits iTunes April 5 and shelves April 12, but NPR is streaming the entire record now. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.