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Jenny Toomey

“LICORICE IS CANDY, but it’s not too sweet candy,“ says Dan Littleton, a guitar player in Liquorice. That aptly describes the music that comes out of Littleton and Jenny Toomey, his partner, music that sounds like Joni Mitchell filtered through a ’90s sensibility: acoustic guitar and sweet, meandering vocals underscored by an in-charge, unflustered attitude that only rarely cracks to show an iota of vulnerability. On “2nd Most Beautiful Girl” Toomey shows her take-no-shit side: “The second most beautiful girl in the world says she’s worried about me/the choices that I’m making, they just aren’t healthy/but that’s just an easy way for she to dis me publicly.” “Drive Around” is the come-on of a smart tough woman: “You tore that interviewer in two/he deserved it/and they couldn’t find a typeface bold enough to take you/that’s the type of face I take to/I’d like to take you out for a drive.”

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