Album: Rickie Lee Jones, Balm in Gilead, (Fantasy)

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Jones was the most delicately luminous talent produced by the West Coast scene of the 1970s. When she's good she changes the very light; when she's bad she's dull.

This is very good. It's a collection of hitherto uncompleted songs from the drifts of her career and ought to be seen as a triumph of good housekeeping. The ensemble includes Bill Frisell, Ben Harper, Alison Krauss and Vic Chesnutt; the sound is soulful, soft, bittersweet and woozy – like waking up with an old lover on an autumn morning. Slight but beautiful.

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