Daniel Folmer may have come onto the scene in 2006 as a wide-eyed wunderkind, but with 2007's Gloria, and now A Leaf, he's starting to carry himself like a sage observer of the human condition. Folmer's earnest-yet-slightly-cynical balladry continues to mature, occasionally veering into Rufus Wainwright territory, but forgoing Wainwright's arch melodrama for direct, first- and second-person confessionalism that might have been taken straight from a journal. In lesser hands, such transparency is usually precious and irksome; with Folmer it's occasionally downright revelatory. A Leaf charts an affair Folmer had with an older woman and manages to combine Mrs. Robinson-esque feelings of romantic helplessness with an almost Joni... More >>>