This is an incredible set of songs, and an incredible performer, that I wish I had found earlier. I am saddened that McNarland has not gained more prominence--I found her completely by accident while browsing a used CD web site. The simplicity, emotion, and sometimes raw recordings lends a wonderfully characteristic style to the music that I have enjoyed with every listening.
As someone that enjoys Alanis, Sarah McLaughlin, Natalie Imbruglia, and Supreme Beings of Leisure, Sour Pie was an instant favorite for me. It has prominent vocals, controlled intensity, and refreshing originality in every track.
The recording quality has some issues, such as the distorted vocals in I Won't Stay, but this seems to add to the diamond in the rough nature of the album.
I personally enjoy Sour Pie more than Stuff, since it seems to have more unique and characteristic songs, and vocals with more intensity and emotion. The songs on Stuff do seem to be much more polished and professional, but the addition of more instruments just seems to distract from McNarland's great presence and vocals.
A great album, and a great musician...