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By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  February 4, 2008

It gives me no pleasure to find Just a Little Lovin’ wanting. Lynne has taken some tough knocks in her career, and it’s nicer than I can say to listen to a pop album without one trace of goddamn melisma anywhere. And if Dusty Springfield is Lynne’s idea of a singer deserving homage, then I’m not about to fault her taste. But she expresses no particular warmth toward the original material, no fan’s enthusiasm, no urge to re-create the music, or remake it, or test herself against it. How do you sing “I Only Want To Be with You” with no exuberance?

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