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Selection: Valerie June’s “The Order of Time,” released on Concord records.
Review: June has the kind of voice you don’t forget once you hear it — syrupy, raspy and drenched in Appalachian folk and soul. Her long-awaited sophomore release is even better than her debut — her pen is sharper and her musical vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds. June seamlessly blends folk, R&B, blues and sprinkles in a little pop, just for flavor. This is an album made to be played from front to back, and it rewards every listen.
Favorite song: “Astral Plane”
Best song that doubles as a musical philosophy: “Got Soul”
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