Ever come across an adult sounding “rock” record that was almost too classically & traditionally smart for it’s own good? Is it possible for such a thing to exist anymore? Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, Nick Lowe (later era), Steely Dan, Ry Cooder; I can count some of these folks maybe on two hands whose records fit that bill. Well, this is the kind of feeling I get listening to It’ll Be Better by Francis and The Lights on Cantora Records. F&TL’s music is deep in blue-eyed soul in a Stevie Winwood/Scritti Politti kind of way. There’s definitely some touches of 80’s synth-pop on this album, but the beats rock and the melodies are superbly crafted, simplistic yet stylized. Francis is Francis Farewell Starlite, he who produced “Karaoke” by Drake from his new album, is a fan of Otis Redding and very likely the aforementioned Becker and Fagen. Xtra points for the album being less than 30 minutes long (all 8 songs are incredible) and I find it hard to believe that the guy is unsigned. And regardless of whether you’re an adult rocker, a hip-hopper, a pill-popper or and indie rocker you’ll dig this. Check out the tunes below and then buy this record.