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Keren Ann, ‘Keren Ann’ (Metro Blue/ Blue Note)

Dutch-Israeli singer Keren Ann Zeidel’s sad-eyed folk-pop ballads hit the brain’s late-night pleasure spot, but consuming too many at once can feel like overdosing on extrastrength cough syrup. Her third U.S. release subtly tweaks that formula, adding ambient blips, electric guitars, and even some gently up-tempo grooves. On “In Your Back,” she murmurs sweetly, “Your version of glory is dark and it’s covered with sin,” hinting at the anger that is possibly wrapped inside her dreamy melancholy.

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