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Lisa Hilton: Sunny Day Theory

Lisa Hilton plays feel-good music. She is unexceptional technically and conventional stylistically. But she is sincere, mostly avoids the saccharine, and, after all, who doesn’t like to feel good?

She is so uniformly upbeat that a piece about last year’s wildfires near her Southern California home, “After the Fire,” is pretty and bright with chromaticism. Other warm-weather SoCal themes are the sweetly rippling “Malibu Morning” and “Sunset on the Beach” (a jaunty, happy sunset: no end-of-day pensiveness here).

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