MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ, Does What He Wants (Dine Alone): 3 STARS

The full-throated Delta Spirit frontman’s second solo effort, recorded at home in Austin, is a stylistic grab bag. After revving up with thumping soul-rock opener “Same” (heated by fervent backing vocals from the Suffers’ Kam Franklin), Vasquez veers through psych-tinged indie rock (“Fires Down in Mexico”), quirky Harry Nilsson-style pop (“House Full of Music,” “Red Fish”) and storytelling folk (the alcohol-themed “Tall Man”). Vasquez tilts between the joys of “Fatherhood” and the pressures of art and family life, confessing his struggle for balance “From Behind the Glass” (“I am the ghost of my own past”). At Bootleg Theater in LA Friday, May 19. matthewloganvasquezblog.wordpress.com

THE COMO MAMAS, Move Upstairs (Daptone): 4 STARS

Earthy, celebratory call-and-response gospel from the usually a cappella trio of sisters Angelia Taylor and Della Daniels and cousin Ester Mae Wilbourn. Rooted in small-town Mississippi, they’re backed by the Glorifiers, aka the Daptone house band headed by label founder Gabriel Roth, who channel greasy Memphis soul on tracks like the affirmatively funky “Count Your Blessings.” In contrast to versions on 2013’s “Get an Understanding,” “99 and a Half Won’t Do” swells over a joyfully rumbling beat and “I Can’t Thank Him Enough” testifies to deeper grooves. thecomomamas.bandcamp.com

DANIEL ROMANO, Modern Pressure

(New West): 4 STARS

Prolific and chameleon-like, the Juno-winning, Polaris-nominated Canadian leaves behind the trad twang and orchestrated pop of his last two albums for a Dylan-esque turn whose smart arrangements complement his melodic and poetic craftsmanship. Recorded in Sweden, the ’60s-flavored set takes existential measure of the big picture (“I Tried to Hold the World [In My Mouth]”) when not bopping with hopeful confidence. Highlights: “The Pride of Queens” (“How many lords can you undress/ As they sit misquoting silence”), “When I Learned Your Name,” the piquantly surreal “Impossible Green,” “Sucking the Old World Dry” (“I can see you like the struggle/ Mine’s double when you’re looking back”). danielromanomusic.com

TIM O’BRIEN, Where the River Meets the Road (Howdy Skies): 3.5 STARS

The veteran bluegrasser and oft-covered Nashville songwriter performs only two of his songs, instead reviving material by fellow West Virginians (A.P. Carter, Hazel Dickens, Larry Groce) for this engaging outing. O’Brien keeps the funk — on banjo — but lightens the pathos of Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands”; shares vigorous harmonies with Chris Stapleton on Billy Edd Wheeler’s “High Flying Bird”; and injects rhythmic slink into John Lilly’s gospel promise “Friday, Sunday’s Coming.” Should please bluegrass and country fans. timobrien.net