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War and Peace

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War and Peace (Music)

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Syd Straw
Capricorn Records

We gave it an A-

Rock’s better-kept secret, Syd Straw made a first-rate debut album seven years ago, then scattered her energy on other people’s projects. The 14 meaty songs on War and Peace, on which she sings about the brainy, slightly goofy single white female (”a woman of uneasy virtue taking her chances when she can”), are proof of what she can accomplish when she focuses. The melodies lilt, the band rocks, and Straw’s reedy voice is an addictive blend of country warmth and urban jitters.