Singer-songwriter: Henry Wolfe

Henry Wolfe isn't really offering musical innovation. With a voice that recalls <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003702" title="Paul Simon" href="/topic/entertainment/music/paul-simon-PECLB003702.topic">Paul Simon</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003298" title="Randy Newman" href="/topic/entertainment/music/randy-newman-PECLB003298.topic">Randy Newman</a> and songs that follow a basic verse-chorus-verse template and feature the standard bass-guitar-drums instrumentation, the New York-born, L.A.-based musician could be any one of a thousand men with guitars and a voice. Yes, his lineage suggests magic: His mom is <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003793" title="Meryl Streep" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/meryl-streep-PECLB003793.topic">Meryl Streep</a>. But it's not something he publicizes, and in a songwriting world that prizes authenticity while looking askance at celebrity, his ancestry is perhaps as much a liability as a benefit. But at a recent Wolfe performance at a packed holiday house party in Hollywood, nobody seemed to care where he came from. All that mattered were the songs, most of which were taken from his forthcoming full-length, "Linda Vista": sturdy, smart and immediately hummable.<br>
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-- Randall Roberts
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( Autumn De WIlde )

Henry Wolfe isn't really offering musical innovation. With a voice that recalls Paul Simon and Randy Newman and songs that follow a basic verse-chorus-verse template and feature the standard bass-guitar-drums instrumentation, the New York-born, L.A.-based musician could be any one of a thousand men with guitars and a voice. Yes, his lineage suggests magic: His mom is Meryl Streep. But it's not something he publicizes, and in a songwriting world that prizes authenticity while looking askance at celebrity, his ancestry is perhaps as much a liability as a benefit. But at a recent Wolfe performance at a packed holiday house party in Hollywood, nobody seemed to care where he came from. All that mattered were the songs, most of which were taken from his forthcoming full-length, "Linda Vista": sturdy, smart and immediately hummable.

-- Randall Roberts

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