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Album reviews: Mark Ronson, Willie Nelson, Luke Nelson and Bill Callahan

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Mark Ronson

"Late Night Feelings"

(RCA )

Mark Ronson has a thing for ubiquity. After co-creating modern party classic "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars, the DJ-turned-writer-producer snagged an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy for his work with Lady Gaga on the epic ballad "Shallow" from 2018's A Star Is Born. What Ronson's done for an encore with Late Night Feelings might not wind up as wildly omnipresent as his past successes, but its surprisingly subtle set of melodies are pervasive in their own fashion.

First, he turns collaborator-singer Miley Cyrus into her godmother, Dolly Parton, on the growly "Jolene" sound-alike "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart." Then, Ronson and co-writer Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame give vocalist Camila Cabello the downtempo "Find U Again." Ronson's teaming with King Princess on the shimmering, metronomic ballad "Pieces of Us" is lustrous and supple, as is his pairing with Lykke Li, singing the the album's haunting title track and Alicia Keys' poignantly soulful "Truth."

Ronson's late night feelings may not be as contagious as those in his past, but they are stirring. -- A.D. Amorosi

 

Willie Nelson

"Ride Me Back Home"

(Legacy )

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

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