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Neva Dinova, ‘You May Already Be Dreaming’ (Saddle Creek)

There’s trying to sound like you’re not trying and then there’s actually not trying — Omaha’s countryish rockers Neva Dinova do a bit of both on their third album. At worst, chief songwriter Jake Bellows sounds utterly bored by his own compositions: Crazy Horse–style guitars save “Clouds” from total flatness, but the minimal “Tryptophan” admits defeat right in the title. A discernible vocal melody startles the John Prine–inspired “Love From Below” from the haze, and an increased tempo jump-starts “It’s Hard to Love You,” but it’s an uphill battle after so many purposefully under-inspired moments.

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