Best Of 2021

Best power-pop album: Ed Woltil One in My Tree

Ed Woltil One in My Tree

One of the most accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarists that the Bay area has ever produced, Woltil unleashed another triumph, one that rivals the two albums he made with Brian Merrill as The Ditchflowers. 'One in My Tree' is a beguiling collection of hooky power-pop, replete with winning vocal harmonies and seductive guitar work. But it transcends the genre by incorporating a few moving ballads and a dash of Americana. Woltil, a first-rate lyricist and clever wordsmith, also transcends the general glibness of power-pop by writing lyrics with genuine emotional heft that resonate with grown folks.