Jess Klein, Draw Them Near (Ryko): Greil Marcus, my favorite critic, wrote in his Interview magazine column that Jess Klein's voice is "too thin, too reedy, too small." Still, Marcus finds himself pulled into Klein's music, particularly one song, "I Sure Would"; he can't seem to put his finger on what it is he likes about Klein's album, but he does like it. And so do I. A lot. I think Klein has a great voice for singing alterna-country kind of songs — vulnerable, sensitive, but sure of herself. She expresses feelings many of us have felt in songs that really stick. Pick one at random — "I Tried," "Little White Dove" or, say, "Cloud Song." You won't be disappointed. — Michael Goldberg

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