Singer-songwriter Barton Carroll reveals two things on his third solo effort, The Lost One: women are on his mind, and he gravitates to life’s darker side. Barton’s acoustic material combines folk, country and other roots music, while his lyrics indicate diverse influences such as film noir, Robert Frost and world history.

Carroll’s character-driven sketches are impeccably etched, if frequently disturbing. His intimate voice and textual style sometimes evoke James Blunt or Sufjan Stevens, particularly on fictionalized story-song “Small Thing,” about a woman surviving in Berlin at the end of World War II.

Grade: B

The Lost One is currently available.