While pieces of this review ring true (Luke does have a Ray LaMontagne quality to his voice, but I would say it's closer to, say, Gavin DeGraw), I would say that "cheesy" and "schmaltz" are not words I would use to describe this effort.
The CD seems a bit uneven (there are some fantastic tunes, like "Normal Love" and "This Fire", but there are also a few clunkers), but there is some VERY serious potential here. The band's sound is a bit unique, yet at the same time feels familiar (due to tried-and-true arrangements and Luke's vocal style).
I saw them live at HOB a few nights ago, and I had never heard of them. I was also a bit shocked by the horns in the band to start with, but they fit. They work.
This band is great in person. I highly recommend catching them in the metroplex, finding songs you like, and picking those off of iTunes (or buying the CD at the show -- so you know the proceeds go right back to the band).
Bottom line: they are solid, and have a unique sound. Check them out.