Angela McCluskey – The Things We Do

Been-around session voice flies solo

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Glaswegian McCluskey fled to America mid-’90s to seek stardom, recording two albums with The Wild Colonials and working with Dr John, The The and Joe Henry. Former Shudder To Think lynchpin Nathan Larson is the latest svengali to believe she’s special?he’s produced this (in Sweden and Manhattan) and written more of it than she has. It’s nearly great, but can’t decide whether it’s classy pop (say, Raissa) or more twisted (PJ Harvey), and falls, albeit gracefully, between two stools. A cover of Matt Johnson’s “Love Is Stronger Than Death” reveals latent power.

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