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Grant Lee Buffalo

Jubilee

  • Warner Bros.

Songwriter Grant Lee Phillips exults in textured, moody melodies. On this, the group's fourth album, his baleful vocals crescendo from pillowtalk croons to thrilling falsettos, most notably on the soulful title track and the deliciously layered “Testimony.” The album also attracts some distinguished guests — Michael Stipe and Robyn Hitchcock. A sublime melding of honky tonk, pop and rock, the album emerges as one of the year's most creative and arresting.

Alicia Potter

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