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Mimi Farina and Tom Jans: Take Heart [A&M, 1971]
I'm no necrologist, but the difference between Richard Farina, sharp-witted and spirited even when he was throwing himself away, and Tom Jans, often pretty and always insipid, is as telling an indictment of the acoustic singer-songwriters as I can offer. Mimi's muted burr still catches me up short sometimes, but this is what I call decadent. C