There are some albums which reward the listener with every play, revealing new sounds, nuances and melodies. Cortney Tidwell's second album is just one of them. The palate of styles introduced by her first album, Don't Let The Stars Keep us Tangled Up, is expanded further here, producing an album that sounds like Bjork, Loretta Lyn and Liz Fraser got drunk one weekend with a box of classic songs & 70s synthesizers, then invited Brian Eno and My Bloody Valentine over for a jam. Tidwell's vocal talents have never been in doubt, but the breadth of this album really allows her versatility to shine through - it's been a long time since such a wide range of vocal styles has been heard on a single album. 'Watusii', a cracking fizzball of ethereal upbeat electropop, was a great choice for the first single to be released from the album (the video is also superb! - check it out online) but for me the stand-out track is 'Solid State' - a smouldering bluesy epic that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the soundtrack of Twin Peaks.
A definite contender for Album Of The Year.