Ted Leo has a set of pipes that put most every other punk-rocker to shame. On Living With the Living, the brand-new album from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the singer really pulls out all the stops. As with the band's previous four albums, this one alternates between searing pop-punk anthems and more delicate acoustic-drizzled ditties that borrow from Irish music, reggae, and ska. Holding the rough edges together is Leo's graceful but powerful voice.
I particularly like the oddly titled "A Bottle of Buckie," a fairly straightforward rock song but for its mandolin and folksy whistles. Apparently, "buckie" is short Buckfast Tonic Wine, a drink popular in Scotland. So grab the closest approximation you can find and listen to the track when you read more