With his latest album South and West, David Starr makes another enormous leap into the realms of emotion and desire, doing so in ways that resonate with credence and compassion. Make no mistake; Starr knows how to rev up his rhythms and decisively deliver his songs, but clearly he’s most effective when he’s simply baring his soul. Starr sings songs that aren’t only affecting; they’re also real, leaving no doubt as to the anguish and conflict felt whenever a relationship unravels while failing to give warning. “If I can’t make you feel my love, then what am I supposed to do,” he asks on the candid confessional “Maybe You’re Not the One.” Melody and musings combine with an incisive impact, clearly giving voice to that plaintive perspective. A masterful cover of the Elton John classic “Country Comfort” adds familiarity, but in a deeper sense, these songs say it all as far as the feelings that reside in the depths of Starr’s soul.