Karen Elson, 'The Ghost Who Walks' (XL)

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The Ghost Who Walks
Critical Mass
Label: XL

by Stacey Anderson

Nancy Sinatra comparisons should roll in fast for Karen Elson. The redheaded supermodel has treaded in some mighty sharp boots in Vogue, and on the title track of her debut album she sings of a murderous lover in a detached croon. Elson leans toward both bluegrass and chamber pop -- the fiddle-laced "Cruel Summer" is worlds away from the twee, jewelry-box twinkle of "100 Years From Now." Her twangy, echoing soprano recalls Jenny Lewis and Loretta Lynn, aided craftily by husband/producer Jack White.

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