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Dustin Kensrue, ‘Please Come Home’ (Equal Vision)

Some artists use solo projects to chase wild hairs. But here, Dustin Kensrue exorcises tunes that are far too conservative — musically and ideologically — for Thrice, the heady, prog-leaning emo outfit he fronts. The twangy shuffle “I Knew You Before” decries materialism, promiscuity, and the media, but the thorny questions of faith that Kensrue grapples with in Thrice are smoothed out into straightforward, alt-folk Christian devotionals. For fans of both Ryan Adams and John Ashcroft.

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