Picks and Pans Review: Keren Ann

updated 05/16/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Although it is named after a neighborhood in New York City, the second U.S. release from French-bred singer-songwriter Keren Ann is the next best thing to spending a bit of springtime in Paris. Whether the whispery-voiced chanteuse is singing in English (on six songs, including the country-tinged "Chelsea Burns") or French (on four cuts, including the lightly jazzy opener, "Que n'ai-je?"), her alluring folk-pop—part Joni Mitchell, part Norah Jones, part Dido—possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that is much more Left Bank than Lower Manhattan.

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