By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated February 04, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic sings like he’s half asleep. That’s a compliment: His crooning has an absentminded, otherworldly quality that’s perfectly lovely. The arrangements on Tight Knit, the band’s fourth studio album, are often similarly woozy, starting with the campfire country of opener ”Rolling Sea.” Just when the tunes are threatening to blur together, though, the band perks up with a sprightly British Invasion bounce or a limber bass groove. At times like those, the music’s unexpected twists and turns make you feel like you’re the one who’s fallen into a pleasant dream. A?

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