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Liza Ghorbani

After a 12-year hiatus, Wilson Phillips return with a CD covering their parent’s songs, along with those of other West Coast greats like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. But if their taste in music has improved, the trio’s singing style is an uninspiring as ever – ranging from high and whiny to dull sing-speak. Brian Wilson is a welcome guest on ”In My Room,” but it would take more than a famous father to make California dreamy.

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It’s easy to understand why the accessible sounds of New York singer-songwriter Peter Salett often serve as cinematic backdrops (Ed Norton’s Keeping the Faith and Salma Hayek’s upcoming The Maldonado Miracle). On songs of loneliness and love lost, Salett proves that less is indeed more, letting his rich vocals soar over a sole piano accompaniment or spare acoustics. His every yearning and pang feels like your own.

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