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Jules Shear

Island

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With ’80s nostalgia nosing the racks (vis à vis Rhino’s 15-disc new wave collection, Just Can’t Get Enough), it is appropriate to hear from Jules Shear, who was the alpha Polar Bear when that band was marking the turf eventually claimed by many of the one-shot wonders now corralled by Rhino. Shear’s latest, Healing Bones, exhibits the singer/songwriter’s characteristic mix of clever wordplay and beguiling melodies. Ably abetted by veteran players Elliot Easton, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, and Rod Argent, Shear’s voice, an instrument of yearning and subtle joy, remains as engaging as ever.