Album: Little Green Cards, Absolute Zero (Island/Glassnote)

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Mumfords collaborator Markus Dravs produced these Dublin tyros' debut album. Don't run, though.

When Cars' drive-time country-rock deviates from the road's middle, Dravs' other friends, Arcade Fire, are echoed in their choral flushes, male-female harmonies and prickly dramatics. They show a weakness for the winsome, but Faye O'Rourke's fabulous foghorn fixes that: when she takes the mic, Cars' promise rings out loudly.