Great songs need five-star vocalists to properly shine. J. Buck’s soulful bray is the most powerful thing in Andrew “King” Cole’s new single “The Mean Season”, but it isn’t the only distinguishing element of this modern pop jewel. Buck, nevertheless, inhabits each minute of this recording with a freeing joy in his voice as it navigates through the verses and refrain. He brings the song’s lyrics to life as if he penned them himself and his obvious chemistry working with Cole, renowned songwriter Barry Coffing, and talented arranger Charles Calello. Each single from Cole’s new release is accompanied by artwork courtesy of Barry Gross and the imagery coupled with this particular single, a worked entitled “The Screamer”, nicely embodies the song’s emotion. The thought Cole and his creative partners put into this release is clear.