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Professor and Maryann
Runaway Favourite
Happy Thighs

Professor and Maryann are a duo made up of Ken Rockwood and Danielle Brancaccio. Their music is intimate and intricate. "Whisper to me" is a sad-eyed lament which allows Brancaccio's sweet voice to take space. "Thick as Thieves" has a lead vocal by songwriter Rockwood, who sings beautifully as well. The song is sweetly melancholic and haunting.

"Roof of the World" is a dreamy song. Brancaccio has such presence that it's like she's in the room with me, whispering her words. The songs melody is lovely and simple. The quirky "World of Clowns" is another chance for Rockwood to sing. He gives a charming performance that suits the circus-inspired song.

The closing "Ten Tubas" is a great Christmas song that avoids trite sentimentality. Broncaccio gives a sultry and compelling performance. Runaway Favourite is a great album.

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