*** 1/2 Basia, "The Sweetest Illusion," Epic. Basia is a bit of a chameleon--a Polish export with an earthy and relaxed style that's straight out of Brazil. When she sings "Third Time Lucky," you're practically transported to the land of sun-scorched beaches. After a hiatus of several years, Basia shows sophisticated musical growth, especially on the title track, a playful salute to love's perplexing powers.
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