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I’ve never cared for Shawn Colvin‘s music, though I’ve tried to several times. There’s always been something too slick and middle-of-the-road about it. I put much of the blame on her regular producer, John Leventhal, who also cowrites lots of songs with her; he’s made a career for himself applying a bland gloss to all kinds of artists, including Rosanne Cash (his wife), John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Marc Cohen, and Kim Richey, none of whom is particularly edgy to begin with. Still, I gave Colvin’s latest album, All Fall Down (Nonesuch), a shot, and I quickly noticed something different.