Various, Shanti Project Collection 2 (Badman): If you can get over the rather naff concept of its being "one for the girls," the second Shanti Project volume from Mark Kozelek-endorsed Badman records is a set of sterling songs from a superlative cast, all of whom contribute a couple of cuts: The Spinanes' Rebecca Gates, Julie Doiron, Edith Frost, Low's Mimi Parker, Kristin Hersh, Tarnation's Paula Frazer, and, surprisingly, Hole's Melissa Auf Der Maur. The quality control is high, with one fine tune after another, the whole kept to a consistently quiet air. If compelled to pick a "winner" I'd plump for Frost, with Parker a sentimental second. — Anthony Carew

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