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Maria Muldaur - Naughty, Bawdy & Blue

Muldaur has made it her mission of late to celebrate the music created by classic blues women from the 1920s to the 1940s. Here, the onetime Kweskin Jugband member and “Midnight at the Oasis” singer turns Red Hot Mama tackles the work of Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and others. Muldaur’s sensuous voice is perfectly suited to suggestive blues and jazz numbers like “Handy Man” and Bessie Smith’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Bonnie Raitt joins her for a sassy duet on Sippie Wallace’s “Separation Blues.” May 15
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Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars

Wainwright has a fondness for ornate arrangements. But producing his fifth album in Berlin, where he took to wearing lederhosen and visiting old-world palaces, really brought out the baroque in him. Working with Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, Wainwright brings a breathtaking grandeur to the lavish, symphonic opener “Do I Disappoint You” and a brassy, Gene Pitney-esque drama to the closing title track. But he also delivers some of his most tender songs ever, including the heartbreaking “Leaving for Paris.” May 15
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Gretchen Wilson - One of the Boys

Country music’s redneck woman got all jacked up on her last album, drinkin’ way too much and drivin’ her truck off into the night anyway. On her third release, Wilson balances butt-kickin’ anthems like the title track and the trailer-trashy “There Goes the Neighborhood” with such well-behaved numbers as “Come to Bed,” “Heaven Help Me” and “To Tell the Truth.” Does that make rowdy Gretchen a sensitive redneck now? May 15   
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