We’ve made no secret of our admiration for Hugh Laurie, and now we have shining new proof that he is one of the coolest guys around. Let Them Talk is a love letter to the blues, rousingly performed with both inventiveness and skill. Laurie concedes there will be skeptics (“I was not born in Alabama in the 1890s. You may as well know this now. I’ve never eaten grits, cropped a share, or ridden a boxcar”), but his enthusiasm may just introduce a new audience to a surprising mix of New Orleans blues, spirituals, American classics, and traditional folk music. The interplay of instruments is by turns mournful and fun, and the end result is irresistible.