Considering the two albums previous to this one, Living Under June and Happy, Blood Red Cherry is a surprisingly patchy, hit and miss recording. The first three songs, Waiting in Canada, Cherry Popsicle and Sleepless, are superb and set an impossibly high standard for the rest of the album. Only Mend and Taste of This come even close. The rockier tongue in cheek songs, Janeen and I Only Wanted Sex, are amusing but simultaneously jarring and not totally convincing. The second half of the album is a strange and unfocussed work, but her trademark lyrical mix of happiness and melancholy throughout (most notably in the corny verses and haunting choruses of Cherry Popsicle) is once again strong. Not her best, but those first three songs…wow.