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Bonnie Prince Billy

Essential Tracks: Joan Shelley's well-crafted and striking 'Over and Even'

Joan Shelley, "Over and Even" (No Quarter). As strikingly well crafted as a Shaker cabinet, the new album from the Louisville, Ky.-based singer and songwriter is built with well-honed materials: electric and acoustic guitar, accordion, piano, banjo, tambourine, glockenspiel, violin and voices both solo and in delicate harmony. Suggesting the handmade work of the British folk band Fairport Convention and the rural music of the American South, "Over and Even" seems simple by design, but each song is accented with striking detail. In opener "Brighter Than the Blues," Shelley yearns for escape to somewhere "where the lights are low/ So the stars can glow/...