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Lucky

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”Lucky” might have worked better as a musical. It’s anthemic and cathartic, and it’s built on straightforward narratives that develop the character (Etheridge) and the plot (how she fell in love with Tammy Lynn Michaels). As a rock album, though, it’s ordinary. The finest track is the refreshingly wry ”Breathe,” which avoids the sturdy purposefulness that weighs down the rest of the record. A few more songs like this one, and listeners might have felt lucky too.

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