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Lisa Ekdahl/Peter Nordahl Trio: Back to Earth

This Swedish crossover pop singer has been winning rave reviews throughout Europe, touted as the new Billie Holiday or Blossom Dearie. I disagree.

Her little-girl sound lacks the plaintive passion of Billie and the droll wit of Blossom. She’s Betty-Boop-cute on “Now or Never,” sharply shrill on “Just for the Thrill,” weakly fragile on “What Is This Thing Called Love?” Is she rehearsing to dub vocals for Ally McBeal?

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