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Jill Cunniff, ‘City Beach’ (The Militia Group)

On her languid solo debut, Jill Cunniff suggests we “start the century again at a slower pace.” The former Luscious Jackson frontwoman is obviously nostalgic for a time — the mid-’90s, to be exact — when it was somehow possible for a shambling all-girl funk band from New York to have a gold record. This easy-listening mix of Tropicalia-and jazz-inflected pop won’t enjoy similar success, but like Coney Island (the rundown Brooklyn beachfront to which the album is dedicated), there’s charm in its corniness, notably on “Warm Sound,” a pleasant summer ode that could turn a ride on a carousel into a slow-motion reverie.

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