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Listen: Keren Ann's Lush, Upbeat New Album '101'

Singer-songwriter goes for a fuller sound on her first album in four years

March 16, 2011 2:05 PM ET
Listen: Keren Ann's Lush, Upbeat New Album '101'

Click to listen to Keren Ann's "101"

Keren Ann's new album 101, her first record in four years, marks a new direction for the singer-songwriter. Whereas her previous records stuck to sad, starkly arranged ballads, 101 is comparatively upbeat and full of delicate melody and rich sonic detail. The album won't be on sale until March 22nd, but you can stream the entire record here now.

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