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Wheat, ‘Everyday I Said a Prayer for Kathy and Made a One Inch Square’ (Empyrean)

After their minor 2003 hit “I Met a Girl” and a prolonged hiatus, this hooky Massachusetts band returns with its fourth and most rousing collection of heart-on-sleeve anthems. Boasting church organs, yearning vocals, and strings, they’re no less self-possessed than Arcade Fire, and you probably won’t hear three such beautifully sweeping songs start another album this year: the majestic, devotional rock of “Closeness,” the hopeful (almost folk-funk!) bounce of “Little White Dove,” and the existential, Pavement-gone-power-pop groove of “Move=Move.”

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