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The Curmudgeon: Valerie June Multiplies Her Voice

Geoffrey Himes, Paste, 20 April 2021

VALERIE JUNE's terrific new album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers, opens with echoing, broken acoustic-piano chords – the sound of a small, wooden, Southern church. June soon enters with her acoustic guitar, singing in her twangy soprano, "I don't know how long I'll stay / No, I can't tell you lies that way." Is she singing to a lover about the uncertain duration of their relationship? Is she singing to a congregation about the uncertain duration of her time on Earth? It works either way, especially when she adds, "I've had not one regret."

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