Wicked Reviews You can literally smell the coffee brewing on singer/songwriter Dan Emino's brand-new self-titled debut release. An open guitar case with a few crumpled-up dollar bills and a cardboard sign grace the cover of Emino's album-an homage to the signature trappings of a busker. Fittingly, Emino comes off a bit like a street performer here with a warm, powerful voice that soars emotively over six soul-folk hybridizations, a sound popularized locally by Jesse Dee and on a larger scale by Jason Mraz. Emino opens the album with "I Could Go On," a bouncy, likable pop piece with R&B leanings that brings to mind 2009 New York Songwriters' Circle winner Reed Waddle, especially with it's smooth jazz guitar tone. Emino waits no further than the first chorus to reveal his impressive vocal range, which is perhaps the most compelling selling point of this album. Make no mistake-this guy can sing. The campfire-ready "Fall Right In" follows next, showcasing Emino's folkier side with a beat that begs for a handclap and down-home lyrics ("today feels like a flannel plaid shirt day / and I'm breaking in some new jeans and they're fitting just okay"). Tender falsetto and arpeggiated guitar give "Starting to Breathe" a beautiful simplicity that would seamlessly fall in line on Brandi Carlisle's Give Up the Ghost. Emino channels Rufus Wainwright with dynamic, operatic sweeps and controlled restraint-a feat that especially stands out given the track's sparse instrumental arrangement. Gentle and earnest, "All It Is" soothes with the Sunday morning calm of a James Taylor tune, while "Breakin' Me Down" has Emino dabbling in Maroon 5-style white-boy funk-not to mention some seriously bluesy scat-singing. The feelgood "One and All" brings the album to a soft close with an easy gait and crystalline harmonies; the way the album is timed, it'll probably end just as you're taking that last sip of coffee. Dan Emino is an impressive performer; his voice alone will win over most audiences, and if that doesn't do it, his hook-driven, laid-back songwriting style will. Incorporating the easy mellowness of Jack Johnson, the jazz-blues undertones of Norah Jones, and the soulful lung span of Marc Broussard, this album makes me think of all those people in the laundry detergent commercials who rub their freshly-washed sheets against their faces in their impeccably decorated rooms and make soft, relaxed mmmmm-sounds. I eagerly await Emino's next effort, on which he will hopefully add a full band behind his songs to give them a fuller, more finished feel. In the meantime, though, this will do just fine. There's really only one word for it, folks: mmmmmmm. Get your copy of Dan Emino at Dan Emino's CD release at the Harvest Cafe tomorrow (July 15) at 8 PM.