Clarence Bucaro, "Passionate Kind"
While other songs on his exceptional LP Passionate Kind mine social issues and a worldly view, the title track, a gentle folk ballad about a complicated woman – whose complications are worth dealing with – is as romantic and refreshing as it is barbed with cautionary wisdom. "She knows every line of Shakespeare by heart," he sings. "Says 'love and betrayal are only inches apart' / You gotta watch what you say or she'll send you away." The mesmerizing video accompanying the tune features Bucaro's visual muse, acclaimed ballerina Juliet Doherty, who also appeared in his recent clip for "Sleepwalker." S.B.