So many great female singer songwriters out there - Gillian Welch, Laura Cantrell, Lucinda Williams, Mary Gaulthier, The Unthanks, Kate Rusby - to name but a few. Suffice to say Anais Mitchell is right up there with the best on the evidence of this album. Love the vulnerable, innocent quality of her voice, the poetic quality of the song structure and lyrics, the gorgeous, multi-layered but understated backing. It's subtle and restrained but quietly uplifting. Highly recommended.