Local bedroom pop genius Jim Guthrie's sophomore solo release starts a bit shakily but quickly settles into a stellar stride. Guthrie's mastered the fine art of the Sony PlayStation recording, looping cool Mario Bros-style sound effects and nifty riffs into uniquely jagged, loping melodies overlaid with subtly witty lyrics. Still, he's wisely balanced the sometimes precious game-console-created numbers with good ol' guitar tunes. Gussied up with sophisticated string arrangements, his hesitant indie boy ballads, like 3 am, are breathtaking in the shy, voice-cracking adolescent manner of the best indie anthems. Communication is a knockout, with a loop resembling a dial tone, overlapping voices, sweet hooks and hopeless questions that beautifully articulate the breakdown of a relationship. If these songs were people, they wouldn't be able to look you in the eye -- and that's Guthrie's charm.