This is the only Jordan album I own, and I know it's her first. Sheila's performances here are absolutely amazing. She can swing with the best of them,and she can charm you senseless on her ballads. She has a way of personalizing a melody, with her very personal vocal colorings, which never sound like vocal "pyrotechnics" at all. Sounds like pure emotion coming through her voice, that's what it is. On some songs she employs only bass and drums, on others solo guitar, and this shows her thirst for experimentation, and also, her fearlessnes in performing without the usual chordal accompaniment of the piano or guitar. I know she later went with the voice/bass duo in full force - that takes guts, period.
One little, little gripe, though. There are basically no solos at all on this album. Maybe it's just a musicians' point of view, but just a chorus for a guitar, or bass solo on at least several songs would have been extremely welcome. But, her vocal performance is so strong, that this minor detail does not even merit taking out one star. I still think it is a 5-star album. It is fair to say that even though her musicians do not get solo space, the way they support her vocal excursions is exemplary, and beautifully complements her unique style. As it is, the songs are very short, and to-the-point. So short, in fact, that you are left wanting more. A powerful and evocative album that left no doubt that a new, unique talent had arrived.