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Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Contraband Love
  • Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Contraband Love
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Contraband Love (Red House Records) — While many newcomers are cited as the saviors of old-timey country music, few carry the cred of married duo Campbell and Williams, who backed Levon Helm and Shawn Colvin for two decades before releasing their own work. Their second album Contraband Love, relies on a few covers from artists such as Carl Perkins, but the originals from Campbell, particularly “It Ain’t Gonna Be a Good Night,” really shine.

A. Savage, Thawing Dawn
  • A. Savage, Thawing Dawn

A. Savage, Thawing Dawn (Dull Tools) — Andy Savage has played many roles as lead singer and lyricist for Parquet Courts, Fergus & Geronimo and Teenage Cool Kids. But on this, his first solo album, Savage downshifts voice and mind to try his hand at ballads and cowboy tunes. Slower tracks like “Ladies from Houston” suggest Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan, while upbeat songs like “Winter in the South” drive Western swing into strange syncopations.

Beck, Colors
  • Beck, Colors

Beck, Colors (Capitol Records) — Los Angeles-based composer Beck Hansen is known as pop’s chameleon, leaping from club dance to weepy country across a dozen albums. The new studio album, which is Beck’s 13th, offers up his most straightforward Top 40 sound since 1998’s Mutations. Tracks like “Dreams” and “Up All Night” are perfectly crafted and made for summertime radio, though one can ask as the world plunges into a bitter fall if Beck’s happy side has much nutritional value.

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