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Missy Roback
Just Like Breathing (Hear Kitty Records)

By: Alex Steininger

San Francisco singer-songwriter Missy Roback's debut, Just Like Breathing, is a moody, oft-dark, brooding blend of acoustic guitars and piano, an elegant and roots-y approach that helps propel Roback's folk-pop sound beyond those of her peers. Just Like Breathing is a relief of fresh air, an album that holds true to the finest moments of pop and folk, without ever having to deal with any of the lesser moments. Her plaintive voice steps the songs up a few more notches, giving the songs the depth and follow-through they need to really make an impact. This is an exceptional debut from a singer-songwriter that should, by her third full-length, be a nationally recognized act. I'll give it an A-.
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