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On this Los Angeles native’s third album, she injects a soft, confident voice into a din of funk rhythms, blues riffs and country-folk undertones. While the majority of the collection are originals, her covers are as unique as her name—Rain’s smart and intriguing cover of Bob Seger’s “Till It Shines” rises above the usual set of introspective female singer/songwriters. Her refined take on Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” simmers with sensuality. Her acoustic-based “Red Green White Blue” features fiddle and banjo accents that delight without overwhelming Rain’s confessional lyrics. In “So You’re the Muse” she makes a string of promises like I’ll get up early / I’ll stay out late / I’ll be the world’s most devoted date to convince a love interest to stay with her. Her devotion to the comforts of a man who gives them something that feels real continues in the gospel-influenced “Next Best Thing.” She successfully gives contemplative folk tunes a rock heartbeat.