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Richard Swift, ‘Dressed Up for the Letdown’ (Secretly Canadian)

Breezy yet downcast, Swift is Rufus Wainwright minus the operatic streak, crooning tales of disappointment and stress without making a spectacle of himself. While these elegant tunes easily could be turned into noisy epics, modest piano and guitar (plus occasional flugelhorn) suit them nicely, suggesting cabaret pop from the garage. The tender melodies of “The Million Dollar Baby” and “Most of What I Know” are the stuff of tear-stained dreams, hypnotic and strangely thrilling.

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