Ken Tucker
October 01, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Obligatory Villagers

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Nellie McKay
genre
Pop

We gave it an A-

If you, like me, cringe at cabaret singers cooing soft jazz, the warm trilling of our gal/woman Nellie McKay is once again blessedly received. With nine succinct songs, some pointed (the fine political satire of ”Identity Theft” and ”Mother of Pearl”), some dreamy (”Gin Rummy”), Obligatory Villagers is playful without being arch. And that’s even when she’s collaborating with Schoolhouse Rock legend Bob Dorough on a couple of tracks. McKay is so fiercely disciplined and precise, she earns the freedom to be gaily silly.
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