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Doja Cat: Planet Her [RCA, 2021]
"She doesn't write love songs, she writes sex songs," I told my wife, who was liking what she heard. "Good for her," she replied, and given the sprezzatura of this definitely biracial, avowedly ADHD 26-year-old dropout from both Alice Coltrane's ashram and the L.A. Unified School District's performing arts academy, I say yeah. But that as with the Carly Pearce EP-LP split at a more postmodern level of filler manufacture and songwriting savoir-faire, not one of the five add-ons that bulk up the "deluxe" version, now the only one Amazon has on sale, has been released as a single, a fact I determined after I found myself zoning out as my deluxe CD spritzed pornographically on. So as with the Carly Pearce EP, I've burned myself a 14-track original version that has the great virtue of never reminding me of the Weeknd even when he's on it. A-