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Album Review | Adult contemporary

A personal collection of covers from Katey Sagal

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Katey Sagal, ‘Covered’

It might not be a coincidence that Katey Sagal’s most famous role saw her in a bouffant that Ronnie Spector would have given her eyeliner for; the former Peggy Bundy’s singing voice is riven with the same vulnerable shakiness. But while the Ronettes used it in the service of teenage longing, Sagal offers more of a weary acceptance on “Covered,” her third album (and first using all outside material). While the “Sons of Anarchy” star takes on Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne, and Steve Earle, Tom Petty’s “Free
Fallin’ ” (here given a languid drum-machine beat before the earthy guitars kick in) is the only song most people will know. It’s clearly a collection personal to Sagal, rather than a lazy commercial ploy, but despite a warm rootsiness reminiscent of E Streeter Patti Scialfa, she can’t quite calibrate her tremulous power to keep from overwhelming her. (Worse, for a certain type of person, it’s hard to decouple the songs from the mental image of Leela from “Futurama” singing them.) Sagal does best by hippie-adjacent female singer-songwriters Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell; on “For Free,” she has some of the cracked decay as latter-day Mitchell, giving her a delicate, desperate reach. (Out Tuesday)

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