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Chris Lee, Plays & Sings Torch’d Songs, Charivari Hymns & Oriki Blue-Marche

Showing more maturity and self-assurance than the self-titled debut of last year, Plays & Sings Torch’d Songs… shows an overt sense of confidence: some tracks are multi-layered, with relaxed horns, vocal harmonies, extra keyboards or guitar; others are strong and simple, just bass, guitar and Lee's voice. And God, that voice: Lee’s singing is masterfully sincere, at once longing and grateful, wistful and pained; if it’s possible to sing honestly and richly, in both tone and lyrics, Lee’s found it. Read full review at neumu.


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. His latest book is Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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