If you'd somehow overlooked Jeremy Messersmith's growing output of brilliantly written pop songs before, The Reluctant Graveyard made it impossible not to take notice. The bespectacled singer with the sugar-sweet tenor delivered his most irresistible songs yet with his third record, diving head-first into the pleasures of jangling '60s pop, from tightly wound but danceable melodies to sunny, singsong choruses to beautifully soaring climaxes. But if Messersmith's work as a composer was revelatory, his subtle talents as a lyricist remain front and center. His ability to weave the happiness, humor, and heartaches of a person's life into a three-minute vignette is nothing short of breathtaking. Never mind all the death; The Reluctant Graveyard was a lively celebration of a vitally fresh and compelling artist coming fully into his own.