LISTENING STATION: A world full of ‘Blues’

Fleet Foxes meld soaring harmonies, exotic instruments

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For their second album, "Helplessness Blues," Seattle's Fleet Foxes build towering harmonies and play a wide variety of exotic instruments, including some that are obsolete and virtually unknown. PHOTOGRAPH PROVIDED BY FLEET FOXES For their second album, “Helplessness Blues,” Seattle’s Fleet Foxes build towering harmonies and play a wide variety of exotic instruments, including some that are obsolete and virtually unknown.

In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks

Reprise

Another legend makes her return to the mainstream this week. Stevie Nicks, who hasn’t released a solo album in 10 years, will throw a bone to her longtime supporters with “In Your Dreams,” a confident pop record featuring cameos by Mick Fleetwood and Mike Campbell.

Now in her 60s, Miss Nicks has a weathered voice that lacks the power of its younger self. Producer David Stewart glosses over the flaws by adding sterling harmonies and ringing guitars to the mix. If “Dreams” is lacking in the vocal department, it’s still strong when it comes to songwriting. Stealing the show is the gorgeous, atmospheric “Secret Love,” a discarded Stevie original from 1976 that makes its debut at the beginning of the track list.

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