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Karen Oberlin/Sean Harkness: A Wish

One of Manhattan’s most accomplished cabaret and off-Broadway performers, Karen Oberlin blends the supper-club sass of Ann Hampton Callaway with the pop purity of Doris Day. She has released three previous discs and made guest appearances on several multi-artist projects. Never, however, has Oberlin sounded as nakedly beautiful as in this spare, mellow pairing with guitarist Sean Harkness, her tendency toward theatrical brassiness at last tempered.

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