Reintarnation

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Before she became an adult-contemporary staple (and lesbian icon), k.d. was a 1980s New Traditionalist who jacked up honky-tonk tradition with a welcome blast of punk adrenaline and a wide-open spirit. This 20-track compilation, assembled by the singer with longtime collaborator Ben Mink, covers those cowpunk years thoughtfully and ably. Reintarnation skips k.d.’s few singles to actually get mainstream country airplay (“I’m Down to My Last Cigarette,” “Full Moon Full of Love”), but includes 1989’s “Trail of Broken Hearts,” the luminous, languid masterpiece that represents both the peak of her country career and the first step on the road away from it.

— CHRIS NEAL

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