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Live Close By, Visit Often by K.T. Oslin

K.T. Oslin has always followed her own musical muse, and she’s up to her old tricks on her first album in five years. This time she's teamed with Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo, her co-producer, co-author and co-conspirator on a wildly eclectic collection of songs.

How wild? Well, they range from the bouncy ’50s ditty “Come On-A My House”—a slinky but warmly sensuous invitation to love, or something close to it - to sweet ballads like the wispy "I Can't Remember Not Loving You" and aching "Drivin', Cryin', Missin' You." There's a strong Latin groove to "Somebody's Leavin' Somebody," and brassy drive to "Live Close By, Visit Often" - a phrase Katharine Hepburn once wryly offered as an alternative to marriage.

K.T. also tries her hand at a clever medley of pop standards, beginning with the promise of love in "If You Were The Only Boy In The World," drifting into the pouty "Mean To Me" and wrapping with a wistful "What Is This Thing Called Love."

Under Raul Malo's guidance, Live Close By bristles with the same off-the-wall, non-purist ethic that guided The Mavericks; it's clear Raul and his new pal K.T. are kindred spirits. Stone country or not, anyone who enjoys good singing and interesting songs should come along on this ride.

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