July 17, 2006 12:00 PM

Men & Mascara
CRITIC’S CHOICE

COUNTRY

On the hit “Break Down Here,” off her 2004 self-titled debut, Julie Roberts demonstrated that she knows her way around a tear-stained country ballad. There’s more where that came from on the singer’s achingly good second CD. The plaintive title track finds her coming to the conclusion that “men and mascara always run.” On another he-done-me-wrong highlight, “Lonely Alone,” she affectingly plays the neglected woman: “I’m already lonely/ I might as well be lonely alone.” Through it all, Roberts’s blues-tinged vocals deepen the indigo shade of her tunes.

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