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Critiques CD: Sean Nicholas Savage | Trippple Midnight Karma

Ever the wild card among our city’s indie musicians, Savage pulls out another one from his stardust top hat, mere months after dropping the disco-inflected Mutual Feelings of Respect and Admiration and an excellent folk effort shortly before that. Here, the twenty-something troubadour gives in to all soul temptations with happy chords, innocent coos, Latin grooves and lovey-dovey lyrics almost childlike in their simplicity. Sounds like a sure-fire kitsch disaster, but Savage somehow makes it feel authentic and, for the most part, engaging. Next up, shoegaze dancehall?