This CD sounds different every time I play it. Sometimes its daring balancing act at the edge of MOR works; sometimes the mix falls flat. Two takes from over the years:
(1) Chanteuse, folkie, new-age-popster, light operatic boomer? She teases with a panoply of intriguing identities, not the least a smoky vibrato in a cool blonde exterior. Richly colored soprano with a winy finish--edgy, like Laura Nyro in tone, not style. Music is a consistently pleasant mix of pop, folk, light jazz, and a gently swaying rhythm. She never falls into the mainstream that seems always present just around the corner; rather, she glides teasingly and effortlessly above it. A lightly jazzy tease. Head and shoulders above Sara McLaughlin. But she's working too hard. She writes to use her full range when she would be most effective in her lower range. She strains at the top end and it sounds like screeching. That said, her insistence on the full range gives a satisfying edge to more conventional folk settings.
(2) Odd mix of first-class hooks and irritating vocals. The hooks deserve 5 stars; the vocals often 1 or 2. It's a difficult balancing act, because one comes with the other throughout the CD.
I continue to run hot and cold. Stand-outs: tr 3--Stay. tr 7--I can tell you anything. tr 8--Wishing you well.