Sandy Dillon – Nobody’s Sweetheart

Third album from ex-Broadway actress

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Previously, Dillon was a gravel-throated angst-rocker midway between PJ Harvey and a female Tom Waits. The tragic death of Dillon’s husband and musical partner Steve Bywater, however, has changed that. Collaborating with Kinobe’s Julius, and featuring guest appearances from Heather Nova, Nobody’s Sweetheart mixes Hammond organ with brisk, syncopated electronics. Kinobe’s downtempo brand is palpable on “It Must Be Love”, wherein Love’s “Red Telephone” makes a swooping cameo. Equally impressive is the cyber ballad “Shoreline”. But while chill-out suits Dillon, this is just too prosaic for an already saturated arena.

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