By Laura Morgan
Updated August 11, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Sincerity won’t turn the gifted songwriter-guitarist Will Kimbrough into a star, but his penetrating portraits of compromise and vulnerability on This inspire heavy soul-searching. Eloquent lyrics and mood-conjuring instrumentation (forlorn horns on ”Chimayo,” plaintive strings on ”Dream Away”) make This a must for listeners seeking an enduring alternative to the ephemeral fluff ruling the airwaves. A-