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Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, 'Cheater's Game'

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, 'Cheater's Game'
Courtesy Spunk Records

A mainstream country ship-jumper in the Nineties after a brief run as a Nashville-styled teen angel, Willis came into full bloom on 1999’s "What I Deserve," then dialed it back to raise a family with husband/producer/singer-songwriter Robison. Their latest is a song swap full of top-shelf ache and well-oiled harmonies. Willis' Okie soprano still crackles like no other, and her control and phrasing makes it more devastating than ever.

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