Lisa Germano, 'Magic Neighbor' (Young God)

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Magic Neighbor
Critical Mass
Label: Young God

by David Bevan

Three songs into Lisa Germano's eighth album, as an unfussy guitar line gives way to a winsome waltz led by her own violin, she sings the realization "that the world could be so simple." Of course, Germano has long since realized that it's anything but, so she proceeds to rasp devastating lines about "turning families into target practice" (on the title track) while wrapping her grave words with filigrees of piano and chimes. Little has changed since her mid-'90s 4AD heyday, but instrumental bagatelles like "Marypan" and "Kitty Train" reveal that her touch remains as delicate as ever.

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