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Introducing Darlene Love

Girl-group royal takes back her throne with help from E Street

Darlene Love

Dino Perrucci

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Yep, there’s irony in the title of this showcase for pop vet Darlene Love. It sounds like what you’d expect from producer Steve Van Zandt: like the E Street Band updating Spector’s Wall of Sound. Love comes at it like a wrecking ball, husky alto thrillingly intact, channeling girl-group passion through a woman’s scars on vintage material and two Brill Building ringers by Bruce Springsteen. The unlikely highlights: a duet with Righteous Brother Bill Medley on Elvis Costello’s “Still Too Soon to Know,” and “Jesus Is the Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin’),” a gospel shouter by Van Zandt, who clearly heard God in this voice.

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