Raul Midon has all the credentials to be a breakout star: His guitar playing stands up to John Mayer, his free-wheeling live performances have the wire-walking dazzle of Dave Matthews and his combination of classic '70s soul and folk rock is akin to Amos Lee or Ben Harper. So, why isn't he a star yet? Hopefully, Synthesis will change that. Midon tones down the R&B for a friendly but funky sonic palette that brings a subtle bite to what is a very accessible AAA platter. "Next Generation" is made for the radio and even the set's profanity-laden kiss-off "About You" avoids bitterness.