MONKEY HOUSE – LEFT (POP/ROCK):

 

Leader Don Breithaupt knows a thing or two about musical craftsmanship, and he pulls out all the stops on our final Mid-Year Best of 2016 selection. The core band is beyond stellar and a few guests add a layer of Steely Dan-like polish to songs which are emotionally engaging and musically challenging. Suggested track: “The Art of Starting Over.”