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Hmm ... Portishead if silky singer Beth Gibbons was replaced by Marlene Dietrich, or maybe Bea Arthur. Vincent & Mr. Green use the smoky mix and dark, screwed beats that could conceivably have already brought the long-missed Bristol-based duo into the 21st century. The music can be fascinating if not distinctive, and the self-titled record does have moments when it seems as if this might still get under your skin.

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But lead singer Jade Vincent is no Beth Gibbons, and the record gets dragged down in uber-hip removal from its subject, rendering the compositions cold instead of passionate. Throw in some Mike Patton-like flourishes (his label released Vincent & Mr. Green) and some old-style folk-mindedness (they're buddies with T-Bone Burnett) and you get a good sense of where this group is going: nowhere.

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