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Short Takes

Short Takes — EW reviews the latest albums by Mando Diao, Monade, and M. Ward

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MANDO DIAO
Hurricane Bar
(Mute)
Swedish pretty boys purvey hookily retro, Kinks-style Britpop. What’s not to love? A-

MONADE
A Few Steps More
(Too Pure/Beggars)
Stereolab’s Laetitla Sadler puts an organic spin on her band’s loungey Gallic grooves with this stripped-down but spot-on side project. B

M. WARD
Transistor Radio
(Merge)
The alterna-folkie’s latest is wistful and bluesy. And it’s got Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis, to boot. B+

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