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Ten songs of polished regret mark a welcome return for the 1990s alt-country outfit. Frontman Joe Pernice, also now an author, sings like a sweeter Morrissey, but tracks such as “The Mendicant” suggest he’s trying a little too hard with the lyrics. Three numbers by bassist Stephen Desaulniers are more affecting, hitting the emotional plain that cowboys call the high lonesome.

Scud Mountain Boys

Do You Love the Sun

(One Little Indian/Ashmont)

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