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All India Radio, ‘Echo Other’ (Minty Fresh)

Lonesome sagebrush guitar meets swirling deep-space technology during the high points of this Australian trio’s fourth album, suggesting a futuristic spaghetti western. But curiously, leader Martin Kennedy decides to retreat into New Age blandness whenever the grooves threaten to get really sensual, as if he’s afraid of sounding too trashy. For every brain-twisting delight like “Four Three,” in which guest singer Selena Cross and a real live string section add tantalizing warmth, there’s a track of pale electronica that wouldn’t even disturb Grandma’s afternoon nap.

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