Abi Tapia

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Abi Tapia

The Beauty in the Ruin (MoonHouse)

Bittersweet is more than an undertone in Abi Tapia's latest CD, but that's not the prevailing emotion here. Beauty weaves strong Southern influences with an old-school 1970s country-folk sensibility, mastering the understatement in her songs and avoiding cutesy-rootsy overkill with intelligence and a fine tenor on this turning-point recording.

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