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My True Story

At 72, Aaron Neville’s sweet, high tenor remains in remarkably good shape, and this set of doo-wop-era classics is a perfect showcase. Produced by Don Was and Keith Richards, whose rhythm guitar adds a Chuck Berry fan’s grit throughout (see “Money Honey,” “Ruby Baby”), it hews close to tradition. There’s a faint mustiness to some of the more upbeat arrangements, but on slow jams like the title track (a falsetto-streaked 1961 gem by the Jive Five) and Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman,” Neville suspends time in vocal amber, a true soul master at work.

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