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Essential tracks: Natalie Prass' debut has plenty of brass, irresistible songs
Essential tracks: Natalie Prass' debut has plenty of brass, irresistible songs

Natalie Prass, "Natalie Prass" (Space Bomb/Columbia). Richmond, Va.,-based Prass' debut album was released four months ago, which may as well be a decade in the scheme of things. I missed it until a few weeks back — a huge, disclosure-worthy oversight, as Prass' record has since become a singular musical obsession. Consider this a for-the-record correction. Nine effervescent songs that swirl with brass, strings and Prass' acrobatic voice, "Natalie Prass" surrounds a classic American songsmith with vivid arrangements. She cites composers including Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin and Burt Bacharach's work with Dionne Warwick as touchstones, and...

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