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The Dimes: A Gentle Plea To An Angel Of Mercy

Music and history don't often make for cozy bedfellows, but The Dimes' members seamlessly blend the two on their latest album, The King Can Drink the Harbour Dry. A sonic postcard to historic Boston, the record more than stands on its own as a great pop album, and "Save Me, Clara" is its shining jewel. It's not necessary to know that the Clara in question is Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, to feel the full effect of the song; the plea is gentle and universal. It could apply as easily to a lover as it does to an angel of mercy.

"Save me Clara / I fear I'm fading / Hold me Clara / Don't keep me waiting / I don't have long," Johnny Clay croons over a minimalist background. It's a surprisingly drama-free cry for salvation, dispensed alongside an unforgettable melody. All history classes should be this sweetly catchy and appealing.

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Barbara Mitchell
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