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Few albums last year did more to rewire the notion of what pop music’s future might sound like than Rina Sawayama’s debut, “Sawayama.” The touchstones were eclectic and invigorating: nu-metal, shiny 2000s megapop, glam club tracks, rap-rock and more. It was both audaciously theatrical and also deft at deploying theatrical modes as the foundation of a new sincerity, one somewhere out beyond camp or kitsch.

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