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Mary Ann Douglas: Unfinished Business

Six years after her disappointing Does Thinking Just Make It That Way?, her previous collection of original compositions, San Diegan Mary Ann Douglas remains underwhelming. There’s no denying that Douglas’ voice is appealing, yet it is indistinctive, rather like a less vibrant, less engaging Stacey Kent. And, though she deserves applause for prolificacy (this latest disc includes no fewer than 18 self-penned tunes, all related to love lost or unrequited), her lyrics are still largely pedestrian, too often trading in structural awkwardness, tired clichés and empty platitudes.

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