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Other songs were written by Robyn Hitchcock, Robbie Fulks, Magnetic Fields, Catherine Irwin (Freakwater), Jon Langford, and Vic Chesnutt, among others. Hogan is supported by an all-star band that includes Booker T. Jones, Gabe Roth of the Dap-Kings, and resident Chicago genius Scott Ligon, and the album masterfully balances old-school country and old-school soul—though it's finished with a sophisticated pop veneer that makes it sound totally contemporary. The melodies are consistently gorgeous too—Hogan is an almost magically expressive singer and immerses herself in each tune like the best song stylists. With any luck, a new album to promote will mean she'll be playing more shows.
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