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Mikal Cronin, 'MCII'

Mikal Cronin, 'MCII'
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With its crisp guitars, winsome melodies, and gently searching lyrics, Mikal Cronin's second full-length sounds as if it could've been written nearly anytime between, say, 1965 and now. Therein lies MCII's classicist charm. The surging "Shout It Out" and chiming "Am I Wrong" are all about the questions asked by those of us who are belatedly, and maybe reluctantly, entering into adulthood. But they also provide at least one clear answer: Cronin is a major talent.

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