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Mark Mulcahy has made the best album you’ll hear this year

"Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You" (Mezzotint) is the first album in eight years by Mark Mulcahy, the singer and songwriter in Miracle Legion, the much-admired indie band of the '80s and early '90s.

The untimely loss of Mulcahy’s wife was among the many hardships of those eight silent years, the kind of crisis that would stop many a songwriter in his tracks. And yet somehow (and while raising twin daughters), Mulcahy managed at last to get back into the studio, and to craft one of the very finest albums of his career. The recording bristles with wordplay, with memorably inventive lyrical turns, contains some of the best singing by a musician known as a singer’s singer, is full of despair and provocation, and rocks harder than almost anything that has come out this year.

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