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Mina Agossi: Well You Needn’t

Born in France to African parents, the exotic Mina Agossi, who appears barely out of her teens, sometimes suggests a retro Ute Lemper vibe. It’s there in her starkly aggressive “Why Don’t You Do Right?” and in a spellbinding a capella “After You’ve Gone.” Another time, on the salty, self-penned “Laundry Man Blues,” she hints at the double-entendre sauciness of the mid-’50s Dinah Washington. But the balance of the album sounds, with the exception of the chillingly urgent “Drive,” like postmillennial caterwauling of a tabby with its tail caught in a door-or more accurately, a scratchy Victrola recording of a tabby with its tail caught in a door.

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