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Lukas Graham

Danish soul man takes us inside his hard-knock life

Lukas Graham; album review

NAPA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: (L - R) )Kasper Daugaard, Mark Falgren, Lukas Graham Forchhammer and Magnus Larsson of Lukas Graham perform during Live in the Vineyard at the Uptown Theatre on April 8, 2016 in Yountville, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

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Balancing old and new-school soul with Bruno Mars panache, this Danish singer’s debut is a fine argument for pop optimism. His string-buoyed hit “7 Years” collapses Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game” into the Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” for a life-journey meditation. “Drunk in the Morning” is a piano-and-brass-driven booty call conjuring both Drake and Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park.” Even the album’s Auto-Tune hollers come off like heartwarming oldies gestures. On the choir-powered “Funeral,” he cautions that “everyone I know better be wasted” at his, remaining adorably earnest even beyond the grave.

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