MUSIC FOR ANIMALS, THE FOREIGN RESORT, WAX FINGERS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The Eric Bana-looking lead singer of Music for Animals has a really fucking great voice. Sometimes he's doing his best Robert Palmer impression, a kind of skeevy '80s come-on whisper, but there are hints in some of their best songs—especially the opening of "If Looks Could Kill"—that he could really open up and blow us away with something exceptional and possibly early Bono-ish. But for now, Music for Animals are wallowing in a retro groove, and that's fine. As long as they're tossing out juicy disco cuts like "Nervous in New York" and hippie freakout "Love Love Love," they're keeping me entertained. PAUL CONSTANT
LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) The Wainwright best known not for being named Loudon, Martha, or Rufus, Lucy Wainwright Roche has a lot to prove in entering the family business. Yet the New Yorker singer/songwriter held her own on her pop's Grammy-nominated Charlie Poole tribute High Wide & Handsome, along with last year's solo release, Lucy. The immaculately arranged Lucy lacks the stylistic rage of Martha or the grandiloquence of Rufus, aiming instead to be little more than a pleasant folk recording, the kind of album where Joni Mitchell is the primary influence and the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray drops on by for a cameo. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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