Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, 'hERE aND nOW' (Bar/None)

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by David Menconi

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, best known as cofounders of early-'80s indie legends the dB's, have done fine work individually, but they're still meant to be heard together-and hERE aND nOW deftly proves it. Their first full-length collaboration since 1991's stellar Mavericks is a beautiful set of grown-up pop, meshing Holsapple's emotional directness with Stamey's headier approach. It's a highly effective counterpoint that even works on songs they didn't write themselves: The duo's lilting version of "My Friend the Sun," originally by the late-'60s/early-'70s British art-rock band Family, has the jingle-jangle shimmer of a lost Beatles single, a hit in an alternative universe far, far away.

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