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PlayRadioPlay!, ‘Texas’ (Island)

Go ahead, you insensitive bastard — snicker at uncool Texas teen Daniel Hunter. Sneer at his wimpy voice and laugh at his grandiose synth-and-piano melodies that suggest Céline Dion’s reject pile. Roll your eyes when he spouts romantic tripe (“I dream a little bit about the chance of seeing you”) or cosmic gibberish (“In the vacuums of space / These feelings are erased”). But don’t be surprised to find yourself putting “Madi Don’t Leave” on endless repeat, because this silly kid is also a savvy pop craftsman in disguise.

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