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Jolie Holland, ‘The Living and the Dead’ (Anti-)

Because Jolie Holland seems to drift in a heavy narcotic haze, it’s tempting to underestimate the Texas-bred singer-songwriter’s skills. But however much she slurs her lines on this fine fourth album, the shabby rockers and frayed ballads cut deep, especially “Corrido por Buddy,” a lament for a friend who became a “ghost-faced junkie.” Equally affecting are the ancient murder tale “Love Henry” and “Sweet Loving Man,” where Holland confesses her shattered heart is “fixed with Krazy Glue.” M. Ward guests; Keith Richards would feel right at home, too.



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