On the Record: Selena Gomez, Pictureplane & More

By Bill Chenevert
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Songs


(Decca)


Sounds Like: The Norwiegan 32-year-old’s sixth is a gorgeous new set of beautifully sad songs and gentle ballads that probably won’t sell very well in the U.S., either.


Free Association: Success in other 
countries guarantees nothing; we like sex and expletives.


For Fans Of: Jeff Buckley + Nick Drake, Sondre Lerche, 
dark charm, Norwegian wood.


Blackie and the Rodeo Kings


Kings And Queens


(Dramatico Entertainment)


Sounds Like: Canadian roots rock heroes invite a different well-suited lady singer on each track to great effect: Lucinda, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou, Wara Watkins, etc.


Free Association: Try to overlook 2005’s NY Times talk of them being on George W’s iPod.


For Fans Of: Leonard Cohen + ladies, Junkhouse, 
countrified collabs, dixie duets.


Carol Kleyn


Love Has Made Me Stronger


(Drag City)


Sounds Like: Drag City dug around in the attic of the ’70s, found old clay bongs and protest signs, and the catalogue of an under-loved hippie harpist who sings like a bird.


Free Association: Joanna Newsom straight-up wholesale bought this bitch’s bag.


For Fans Of: Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Emmylou, sun dresses, hemp, communes.

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