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Judy Niemack: In the Sundance

Don’t let the title mislead you. Judy Niemack’s latest has nothing to do with Robert Redford’s annual independent-film fest. Instead, the name is drawn from the English translation of “Le Soleil Donne,” French pop star Laurent Voulzy’s placid examination of the human heart’s resilience. It is, as the album’s closer, an astute summation of the dozen preceding tracks. Niemack, always a keenly perceptive and inventive interpreter, employs the sun, literally and metaphorically, as the jumping-off point for a wide-ranging exploration of love’s joys and sorrows. The sunnily optimistic “How About You?” finds an ideal playmate in the dreamily hopeful “Summer Samba.”

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