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New Music Tuesday: R. Kelly and Jesca Hoop

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Singer R. Kelly performs onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review two new albums.

R. Kelly - Write Me Back

This is R. Kelly's 11th album. According to Ann, it's far different than 'Trapped in the Closet,' and captures '90s R&B, pop and soul.

Jesca Hoop - The House that Jack Built

This is 36-year-old American songstress Jesca Hoop's third album. Critics say she carries a similar sound to Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. Hoop has also had an interesting past, she was a backup singer for Peter Gabriel, and had a job nannying Tom Waits' kids when she was growing up.


Ann Powers, NPR music critic who joins Madeleine every other Tuesday to discuss the latest in music.

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