Well well, I must say I am very pleasently surprised. I purchased Little Black Numbers on impulse last year, literally because I liked the title. I do that sometimes when scouting for new music. Sometimes I come up a winner, and sometimes they are fast-tracked to the dustball cd space at the bottom of the rack!
At first, I liked Little Black Numbers, but was soon to tire of her breathy voice, fragile lyrics and plucking acoustics and it became allocated to status of dustball collector (although, sometimes I did pull it out to listen specifically to the wonderfully crafted 'Fell Down Fast' track). So, when I bought Old Low Light, it was more out of curiosity than expectation.
I am however, happy to be VERY impressed. Ms Williams has made some move away from the overtly fragile edge of Little Black Numbers without losing what was good about the album. I like the darker lyrics. While still beautiful and delicate, they seem grittier too. The string arrangements in 'Tradition' and 'No one takes you home' are evocative examples of a new depth and heaviness that appeals very much to me (maybe less of the 'baa baa pa ba' backing in the latter though, a bit too boppy for my liking and it seems superflous to the track).
My verdict (for what this ramble is worth!) is to say WELL DONE Ms Williams, you have produced a gem. I humbly apologise for not seeing your raw talent sooner. *Dusts off Little Black Numbers"