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Reviewed by Adam Schragin, November 2, 2012, Music

Nite Jewel

One Second of Love (Secretly Canadian)

Since releasing her first demo under the moniker Nite Jewel in 2008, Ramona Gonzalez's music has matured from a self-conscious bedroom project into a confident outlet of fully-realized funk and electro indie. A promising up-tempo single from last year, "It Goes Through Your Head" appeared to hint at Gonzalez's trajectory, but whatever good vibrations she channeled on that track have been dampened and retooled, on her first LP for Secretly Canadian, One Second of Love. Instead of ebullience, the disc finds footing in the hard lessons of romantic realism, from the suspicion seeping through "She's Always Watching You" to the gorgeous if resigned anticlimax of closer "Clive." Gonzalez's voice is present and full, even as her subject matter brims with insecurity. "I'm invisible to you," she sings on "This Story." One Second of Love succeeds in fitting heartbreak to a dance beat. (Sunday, Blue stage, 3:05pm)


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