"What Is This Heart?"
Label: Weird World
Tom Krell has always done things his own way, like using crackling lo-fi production to produce a cappella '90s style R&B over loops and textures created from his own voice or shifting gears for a shuffling Boyz II Men-style pop song. His third album is his most conventional record yet, from the palm-muted '80s pop of "Repeat Pleasure" and "Precious Love" to the acoustic-laden opener "2 Years On." Most reminiscent of old times is the ballad "Pour Cyril," with its taffy-pulled strings and trumpets straight out of a military funeral. It all fits smoothly inside the current sound of the times.