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Through the Trees

Exemplars of a sound called ”alternative country,” this Chicago-based duo does, in fact, reveal a bit of the distaff sensibility that passes for alternative today. But Rennie and Brett Sparks write songs that defy easy labeling: The extended Family seemingly includes Uncle Tupelo and the Louvin Brothers. Which is to say Through the Trees‘ best tracks are at once lilting and dangerous, like shiny toys with sharp edges. A-

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