JULY 31, 2017 by Valerie June
The Memphis, Tenn.-born singer-songwriter’s “The Order of Time” is among the most irresistible albums of the year. June’s armed with a voice that can slip into the drawling, sandy-edged tributaries of Southern R&B or the creaky folk-blues of Karen Dalton, and her music defies easy categorization. On a track like “Shakedown,” she’s the leader of a fiery roots-rock band with barbed guitar and hand claps, but she also can purr through the spacey “Astral Plane,” a ballad written for the moody electronic act Massive Attack but entirely hers. In moments, June somehow sounds from another time — in other words, timeless. She performs Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier.
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