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Thalia Zedek Band hits a brighter note with ‘Via’

The albums of gruff-voiced Boston balladeer Thalia Zedek tend to creep out into the light at a pace even slower than her lived-in songs. This unhurried time frame is no detriment; if anything, allowing the turmoil and rage that churns in her music to age a bit is likely the key to how rich and considered her solo works over the last decade have turned out. The end run to this month’s new “Via” (Thrill Jockey), though, was a bit different, spurred on by major moves — and barely escaping last fall’s devastating hurricane.

Zedek had hit a relaxed stride to her career by the time her first solo album came out in 2001. Since she’d moved to Boston in 1979 as a teenager, she’d bounced between a string of ferocious art-punk bands like White Women and Uzi before landing a spot as lead singer with the New York band Live Skull, and most notably in 1990, forming one-of-a-kind guitar band Come, which released four albums in a little over a decade. By comparison, her solo career has eased out an album every four years or so.

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