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Music

Kelly Hogan brings together country, soul, friends

If you hear just one song from Kelly Hogan’s soulful new album — which would be a shame, by the way — make sure it’s the title track. It’s all over after that.

A sublime country tune with a tinge of after-hours sophistication, “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain” starts in Tammy Wynette mode. Written by Robyn Hitchcock, it’s sweet and serene until it suddenly isn’t. Out of the blue, Hogan lets loose a brassy exclamation. “Oh, yeah!” she sings for 10 full seconds, the words growing tattered by the end.

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