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EW reviews four hot new albums -- We take a closer look at new releases by Cardinal, Dungen, Mariza, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

EW reviews four hot new albums

CARDINAL Cardinal (Empyrean) The influential 1994 collaboration between Richard Davies (the Moles) and Eric Matthews is a modest but appealing set of '60s-inspired pop with smooth harmonies and thoughtful arrangements. Here it's reissued with 11 (mostly) worthy bonus tracks. B+Rob Brunner

DUNGEN Ta Det Lugnt (Kemado) This Swedish oddity is a meticulous homage to Age of Aquarius-era acid rock, down to the tube-amplifier hum and trippy flute. The aura of incense and bong water is so potent, you'll swear it's a lost tape from a sweet Hendrix-Iron Butterfly-Cream jam session. B+ — Michael Endelman

MARIZA Transparente (Times Square) Her boyish white-blond coif suggests a Lusophone Annie Lennox. But Mariza is a superstar of Portuguese fado, a bluesy traditional style halfway between flamenco's fiery drama and bossa nova's cool melancholy. This delicately orchestrated set announces a new world-music diva. A-Will Hermes

JIMMIE DALE GILMORE Come On Back (Rounder) The alt-country guru's quivery tenor has been among the genre's most moving voices since before there was a genre. Here, in tribute to his dad, Gilmore's remakes of classic songs (via Johnny Cash, Hank Williams) are as singular as the originals. B+Will Hermes

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints