Valerie Carter

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Valerie Carter's fourth solo album, actually an EP, is a dreamlike mix of sultriness, sadness, wisdom, and maturity. The mood is established with a unique cover of Neil Young's "After the Goldrush," complete with subtle electronic sound effects at the end that would seem not to fit, but in fact do, evoking the "silver spaceships flying in the yellow haze of the sun" from the lyrics. "Crazy You" continues the languid sensual mood, while "Happiness" is soulful and cathartic. What stands out most about this release is its cohesiveness -- the way the songs hang together. There is not a bad song in the batch and, in fact, this is one of her finest albums, limited only by the sparse number of tracks.

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