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In Brief

* * 1/2 Mark Collie, “Unleashed,” MCA. Collie still struggles with where to focus his talents: heartland rocker (“Waiting”)? Presleyan balladeer (“When You Belonged to Me”)? Nouveau rockabilly (“Rainy Day Woman”)? Or country-soul singer (“Lonely Streak”)? The last two work best here. As for the swaggering, Billy Ray Cyrus-infected--er, inflected --title track: unnecessary is the word.

New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).


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