There is a completeness & sense of a balance to these 11 tracks. Though her debut was a delight, this has expanded her introspection and added a deft measure of tweak to the tone of the entire album. There is some studio control, but her personal flavour has not been submerged. The layers of dark shades are still apparent. Stand out tracks are there, yet the others do not detract or suggest a forced need to fill the album.
Then of course there is her more sparse or naked versions on cd 2, which take the sheer talented musicianship to the fore. Not over-engineered, they are not flat nor so introspective as to be heavy. Acoustic simplicity is clean and allows her voice to persuade without need for efforvescent noises.
As she mentions in interviews, each album is supposed to be distinctly different, clearly not be just more of the same. The later album Leaving on a Mayday is majestic, yet has far more engineering apparent. Her debut was almost subdued by contrast, suggested by the locale in which it was made, which ensured it was beautifully personal. The Night Visitor album has a sense of americana to it, of the locale or fellow musicians again, with the musicianship to the fore, yet somehow has, personally, a more open & less introspective feel. In short, she seems to be sensitive to who she is with, where she is at and how she is feeling at any one moment. Obviously the mark of an artiste, the reflection of an honest soul. One album will never have the measure of her.