This L.A. singer’s 2007 debut was easily confused with similarly wistful work by Michelle Branch and Marié Digby. But thanks to a hard-candy production job by Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5) — as well as a serious charisma upgrade that seems attributable to Kate Voegele’s acting gig on the show One Tree Hill — her sophomore set, A Fine Mess, makes a deeper impression. Especially when she trades wimpy piano plinks for some gritty guitar chords: Leadoff single ”99 Times” is definitely the best disco-grunge kiss-off you?ll hear all week. B?
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