Alan Mercer/
K. Leander Williams
May 20, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

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Bettye LaVette

We gave it an A-

Bettye LaVette has exquisite taste in songs and the gravelly delivery to wring every bit of meaning from their lyrics. The combination is superlative on Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, whether her readings of classics by the Who, the Stones, and others are stripped-down and earthy or string-laden and grand. Sometimes torchy and always gut-wrenching, her knowing rasp pushes the album onto terra firma between the blues and power pop. A?

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