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The Watson Twins: Talking to You, Talking to Me

The sisters have turned in an album that is placid and appealing, though completely disposable.

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Leslie and the Badgers: Roomful Of Smoke

Pleasant but ultimately interchangeable.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Age of Miracles

Comprised of Carpenter’s typical album structure of uptempo numbers and mournful ballads, Age is classic MCC: sober, insightful, whimsical, and beautiful.

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Lyric Land

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Gary Allan: Get Off on the Pain

This is contender for year’s end best of country list, insightful and rare look into a singer’s psyche, and a collection of top-grade country music or soulful purging.

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Average Joes

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Allison Moorer: Crows

Moody, sensual, bleak and at times, even pious, Moorer’s latest album never commits to either side of being tragically beautiful or beautifully tragic.

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Zoe

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Chip Taylor: Yonkers NY

Call it his “Coat of Many Colors” if you want, but whatever you call it, there’s nothing ambiguous about it.

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Dawes: North Hills

It would be easy to look at North Hills as a last ditch effort to hop on a bandwagon -- and at times, the band gives plenty of proof for that read.

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Train Wreck

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Ellis Paul: The Day After Everything Changed

The album sounds like it’s being geared more toward Nashville than Boston or even Austin.

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Various Artists: Wayfaring Strangers: Lonesome Heroes

The collection may not be perfect, but it’s a phenomenal starting point for digging up the catalogue of many of these folk heroes, who, for most of their careers were lonesome.

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Various Artists: The Music of Glee Volume Two

The biggest problem with the first soundtrack was the Gleeks’ need to be taken serious, and it’s that same desire that kills the momentum of the second volume.

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John Cowan: 8745 Feet Live at Telluride

Cowan was wise in choosing his voice to be at the fore of the set, and he’s given ample room to growl, shout, spit, and shoot off notes with ease, grace, and professionalism.

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The Band of Heathens: One Foot in the Ether

There’s some Drive-By Truckers, Little Feat, and Flying Burrito Brothers, but what’s interesting is how the band so effortlessly take these influences and twist them to their advantages.

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Kate Miller-Heidke: Curiouser

Miller-Heidke’s album cover may give rise to many worried questions, but her music speaks for itself.

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Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle: Let's Just Stay Here

Hopefully this collaboration will be more than just a one-shot deal, for Mark and NQ Arbuckle really bring home the goods.

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Chuck Prophet: Let Freedom Ring

Between his top-notch previous albums and his work with other artists, Chuck Prophet had already developed a superior artistic cache before Let Freedom Ring, but this is hands down his best work.

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Eva & The Heartmaker: Let's Keep This Up Forever

If the whole band thing doesn’t work out Eva and her husband could easily replace Dr. Luke and Max Martin as the go-to pop hit makers.

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Mint

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