Picks and Pans Review: Yael Naim

updated 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Yael Naim |

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You may have already heard this French-born, Israeli-bred singer-songwriter in the commercial for Mac's new ultrathin Air notebook, where her delightful ditty "New Soul" provides appropriately light and breezy accompaniment. (In a nice bit of synergy, the single has already hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart.) Naim displays more of that gentle, nimble touch on the rest of her exotic U.S. debut, whether she's singing in English or Hebrew, or channeling Joni Mitchell or Sarah McLachlan.

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