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RAY LAMONTAGNE - SUPERNOVA A decade on from his debut album Trouble, the 40-year-old American singer-songwriter returns with his fifth album Supernova, complete with a more upbeat and punchy sound.

Track She's The One sees the New Hampshire musician's distinctive voice turn into almost a whisper, but it isn't lost amongst the guitar riffs and drum-beat. Other stand-out songs include the title track with its vintage feel while Airwaves has a Latin edge. The singer once said that his tone comes from singing from his gut as opposed to his nose, and this album is definitely another one full of sincere, hopeful and heartfelt offerings.

KINA GRANNIS - ELEMENTS YOU could be forgiven for missing the Kina Grannis musical boat sailing around for the past few years. Unless you live in America, watch a lot of YouTube, or are an avid Home and Away fan (her music features on the Australian soap a lot), you probably haven't heard much about the 28-year-old singer-songwriter.

The relaxing The Fire is a stand-out track from this sixth album, Elements, while Dear River and This Far feel organic and warming. All in all, a lovely, easy-listening album. Grannis has enough experience, but hasn't had the exposure to lose the freshness of a new artist.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 9, 2014
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