In my enthusiastic appreciation,Patty Griffin excels in all the composite aspects of singing music:very talented (and complex) tunes;very balanced and adequate interpretation/rendition;and marvelous lyrics(she even in my view is a consummated poetess). So put in comparison with her peer singers-present and past-Patty Griffin is like a decathlonist that not only would win the dechatlon contest but would obtain world records in all the disciplines individually considered.
I rate this as one of my Favorite CD's of all time, It's one of the few albums that you do not get tired of listening too. I do own all Patty Griffin's CD's and this one is the best. If you do like it try Living With Ghosts, Yet another great CD.