I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I loaded this disk. I've followed Jackie almost since she started and am a great fan of her previous work. I just thought that a set of lullabies would be a step too far. I was wrong. Yes, these are lullabies, but not necessarily treated as such (after all, what lucky children get serenaded to sleep with violins, clever guitar work or any of a number of instruments). And the term 'lullaby' or 'sleep song' is treated somewhat loosely: 'Alexander Beetle' was originally a poem by AA Milne, 'Junk' by Paul McCartney she admits is 'not exactly a lullaby' and 'Sleepers Awake' is, as its title implies, anything but. These are not criticisms, the choice of songs makes this a much more interesting collection, I think.
As for the presentation of the material. Jackie Oates is in fine voice and the accompaniments are sparing, but beautifully played. If you like her earlier stuff, then you should be listening to this as well. If this is your first introduction, then go and get the other ones immediately, your ears will thank you for it.