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Album review: Freakwater finds light in 1,001 dark nights

The title of Freakwater's first album in more than 10 years, "Scheherazade" (Bloodshot), name-checks the Arabic storyteller and future queen of "One Thousand and One Nights" fame. You won't find Sinbad, Ali Baba or Aladdin mentioned in the lyrics, but singers Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean are adept storytellers, and they know how to spin yarns about resilience and fortitude in the face of life's innate cruelty. Yes, Scheherazade, who was fighting for her life each of those 1,001 nights, would've understood.