Carolina Ghost feels like a nice progression, sonically and emotionally, for Caudle. His beautiful Paint Another Layer on My Heart shows Caudle at his most vulnerable, wondering if he can truly open up to a new love. Surrounded by a confident backing band, Caudle reassures us, himself, and his lover that he’s glad he tried. Caudle’s carefully rendered lyrics make his relationship seem like the romance of the century. Caudle’s not maudlin — not by any stretch — but it’s obvious that he’s found someone who complements him in the way that he complements them. Maybe I’ve become the Hugh Grant character in my romantic comedy, but I’ll consider myself lucky if anyone feels the same way about me as Caudle does about the person he’s addressing. Carolina Ghost is not an album to sleep on.