Joshua Radin

Songs Under a Streetlight

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Although billed as an EP, this four-song digital release is more like a glorified single for “Streetlight,” an upbeat piece of contemporary pop/rock that makes room for handclaps, banjo, and acoustic guitar. Apart from that leadoff track, Songs Under a Streetlight is mostly a laid-back record, filled with soft-spoken vocals and quiet ruminations on love. “Brand New Day,” originally part of the 2008 album Simple Times, makes an encore appearance, and Radin trots out some new material in the form of “You Got What I Need” and “The Myth of Us.” Released several months before the arrival of his third album (and a few weeks after the U.K. release of Simple Times), this EP sometimes feels like a quick, half-hearted attempt to keep Radin’s name in the headlines, but it’s innocent and tuneful enough to still be pleasant.