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Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Special' polished to a collaborative gleam

Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Special' polished to a collaborative gleam

The best way to capture the musical essence of Mark Ronson's fourth album is to imagine each song as the theme to its own TV show. With its mellow, Stevie Wonder-blown harmonica line, for example, opener "Uptown's First Finale" could score the next great post-"ER" medical drama. "Summer Breaking" is a ringer for the theme to "Law and Order," at least in its opening bars: a smooth, professional groove that suggests Steely Dan, yacht rock and police procedurals. "I Can't Lose" kicks off with a James Brown-suggestive snare rhythm, a would-be intro to an imagined "Late Night With Mark Ronson" show brimming with Saturday...

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