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November 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Album Review: Sam Billen’s ‘Places’

Sam Billen of Lawrence navigates a tricky path on his new LP, “Places.” Especially in the contemporary indie-pop world, there’s a vanishingly thin line between sweet and sticky, wistful and maudlin, charming and twee. His maturity as a songwriter and innate musicality keep him firmly on the right side of those divides throughout the album’s nine contemplative and often lovely meditations on childhood and what might have been.

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