Joe Lynch

Hold On 'Til the Night

CHANCE SUPERSTAR The YouTube sensation has put out a surprisingly mature debut

Last year, the 13-year-old Oklahoman’s aching cover of Lady Gaga’s ”Paparazzi” became a viral smash and landed him a record deal with Ellen DeGeneres. Forgoing the enthusiastic pandering perpetrated by other Disneyfied tweens, Chance reveals a surprisingly mature voice on Hold On ‘Til the Night (”Heart Like Stone” provides a welcome touch of outsider brooding), though the Facebook-spurred melodrama of ”Unfriend You” reminds listeners that he is, after all, just a kid. B

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Joanna Newsom: People are talking about...

Your new album is a triple CD. Why so long? By the time I had all the material, it was clear I had too much for a standard-length album. I could have thrown away a number of songs — which I did seriously consider for a while — but I couldn’t do it. The second choice was to divide it into two or three freestanding albums with different titles and release dates, and that to me seemed almost violent, like a clumsy attempt at repackaging something that wasn’t supposed to be broken up.

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