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CD Review: Shalini “Magnetic North”

Shalini Chatterjee had been a bass player in San Francisco band Vinyl Devotion before moving from the West Coast to North Carolina. There she attracted the attention of Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, who suggested her last name be used as the band’s moniker.

Recorded in Chapel Hill, Shalini’s fourth album, “Magnetic North,” has her distinct Rickenbacker guitar chords and vocals that come across strongly on the opener “One of One,” similar to Belinda Carlyle if she played with Dream Syndicate. This formula continues on “Mine As You Ever Were,” but under the forceful riffs is a sadness with the lyrical aside, “You don’t want me around.”