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Natalie Prass, 'The Future and the Past’
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Natalie Prass, 'The Future and the Past’

We Say: Natalie Prass' second album pairs the sharp and the smooth, its keenly observed lyrics about love and politics grounded in arrangements that recall soft-pop highlights from the past four decades. The Future and the Past is a modern echo of that moment when soft rock and Quiet Storm fed off each other – the plush yet firm yacht-y early-Eighties keyboards on the wide-eyed "The Fire," simmering counterpoint bass on "Never Too Late," and the tinkling pianos and swooping strings of the weightless-sounding yet troubled "Far From You." M.J.

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