Sondre Lerche, Two Way Monologue (EMI) At 21, this Norwegian singer-songwriter is already a master at creating pretty pop songs. On his sophomore CD, Lerche channels Nick Drake and the Beatles, all the while creating a fresh sound. The title track is a highenergy romp-the rest, more sweet and airy. And though his lyrics can be cheesy, his mellow, string-backed vocals make up for it. JOHN INTINI
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