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Marilyn Scott: Innocent of Nothing

Singer-songwriters of note will tell you-or should tell you-that one of the reasons for their existence is to take listeners somewhere. Somewhere where there’s love or warmth or maybe anger. Marilyn Scott’s been doing just that for years, but never so blatantly as on “Moods,” on her 11th CD. As with most of Scott’s best songs, her nuanced vocals evoke moods aplenty during the first two minutes of the tune. Then in steps Steve Connell with some spoken-word rap, pleasant at first against soothing piano. Then the tune veers into words of tension- “Somebody’s misguided moves just walked all over your happy day and made you question your motives”-enhanced by an increasing frantic beat and a hip-hop rhythm. It’s a hit over the head, but an effective one.

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