Album: Tina Dico, A Beginning, A Detour, An Open Ending, (Finest)

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She's Danish. She writes, plays and sings in English (with a contralto pitched in the vast prairie separating Tracey Thorn from Chrissie Hynde).

She has obviously spent time listening to indie rock and its folkier antecedents: melody, space and shallow-trajectory dynamics are all over her music. She's also really good. Not all of the songs work, especially not when she goes all big picture and poetic. But her narrative songs are terrific. One package; three 25-minute CDs.

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