Album: Timothy B Schmit, Expando (Universal)

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Schmit is an earnest all-round American muso and former member of the Eagles.

Expando finds him settling into Americana mode with an impressive supporting cast of chums: Garth Hudson, Keb Mo, Van Dyke Parks, Benmont Tench and, yep, Kid Rock. The voice retains its light, bright Eagles/CS&N wonderment and the songs are personal, even domestic (yep, Nash is on it too).

They come at you like grinning, well-meaning friends of friends. Altogether pleasant, but not necessarily how you want to spend the time.