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The line between alt-country and just plain country music can be a thin one. And while Jenny Lewis’ vocal and guitar duties in ice-cool Las Vegas indie band Rilo Kiley might cause her to be labeled the former, there’s really very little difference between the aching sentiment of her two recent solo albums and that of country icons such as Hank Williams or Emmylou Harris.

Lewis’ acoustic-guitar-based songs are tender and heartwarming, but come with a sense of drama no doubt honed by her childhood acting career (in U.S. TV sitcoms including “Life With Lucy” and “Rosanne” as well as opposite Fred Savage in 1989’s feature-length Nintendo advertisement “The Wizard”). But the showstopper is her voice — dripping with emotion, it is full and warm, speaking of a bottomless melancholy that is sweetly seductive.

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