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Chase Pagan, ‘Oh, Musica!’ (The Militia Group)

Moaning, shrieking, and sighing with hardly a pause for breath, Chase Pagan seems trapped in a moment of ecstasy that should have been kept private. The thrilling, exhausting debut from this piano-pounding Arkansas native combines Jeff Buckley’s spaciness, Fiona Apple’s melodrama, and Freddie Mercury’s exhibitionism. He’s not just a spectacle, though: While “Push My Buttons” could be a Broadway showstopper, “Sailor’s March” simmers with concise, coiled tension. When Pagan murmurs, “You’re not an ordinary boy,” he’s clearly looking in the mirror.

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