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Album Review | POP

The Living Sisters, ‘Run for Cover’

You’ve heard that expression that so-and-so could sing the telephone book and make it sound beautiful? That applies to the Living Sisters, the quartet of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriters Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), Eleni Mandell, and newest member Alex Lilly. “Run for Cover,” a six-song collection of covers that’s the follow-up to their 2010 debut, “Love to Live,” showcases their close, heavenly harmonies but also their interpretive skills. Their charms are distinctly vintage here, from pop standards to country tearjerkers to 1970s funk. Their bluesy riff on the Doris Day ditty “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” takes its cues from Sly and the Family Stone’s 1973 rendition. They strip Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” down to its bare essentials, just four voices telling the story a cappella; it’s pretty, if a bit antiseptic for such a feisty song. They’re more affecting when out of their comfort zones, particularly on a sly rendition of Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That?” They’re suddenly the Andrews Sisters by way of Labelle, and a looser grip suits them. (Out Tuesday)

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