Mascott, Follow the Sound (Le Grand Magistery): Kendall Meade, in her solo guise as Mascott, made one of 1999's most delightful debuts with Electric Poems, an EP of simple, elegant, quiet folk songs. On her first album, Follow the Sound, she turns toward more pop-like sounds, but doesn't lose much in the move. In chasing her nostalgic, sun-shining sounds, Meade finds fine help from her producers: Jim O'Rourke on one half and Jeffrey Baron of The Ladybug Transistor, Mario Suao of Shoestrings, and Canadian combo Stars on the other. Her lilting voice and melancholic lyrics make for a charming listen throughout. — Anthony Carew

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