Hands down, my favorite female singer of the 1980s and ’90s was British post-punk darling Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt’s velvet-voiced musical (and life) partner in Everything But the Girl. I consider their Idlewild, from 1988, the single most accomplished pop album of its day. With Thorn now in semiretirement, I’ve worried her voice might be forever silenced, and doubted as satisfying a replacement could ever be found. Until, that is, I heard this eminently worthy sophomore disc from Georgia’s Lizz Wright.
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