I had high expectations.
Today's track is slow, Alt-Country-ish, and it's a decent display of her song writing skills. The song deserves a listen.
Give it one.
Let's not mention the amazingly portrayed lyrics (oops..) and just focus on the production that Geoff Stanfield brings to the table. Because it's simple enough to focus itself around her vocals and really make them stand out.
I mean sure, at certain points it could be better. A few extra details here, some more particular layering there, but to do that and not cross over to the field of more generic sounds is a difficult task. I'd much rather not ruin her voice and keep it minimal.
It's a similar experience throughout the rest of the album. Decent music, better vocals, but the lyrics top it off.
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I've been listening to live, windy, acoustic versions The Science of Making Choices through her Youtube account, and those have prepared me a bit for the album. It's not really the same, but I knew to at the very least expect decent composition.
In fact, some of those tracks were good enough acoustic for me to wish they had stayed that way. Most notably was First Stone. After hearing that difference though, I started hoping she'd some day make an all acoustic album. Maybe a live, 'Best Of' in the future.
But in the end, for me, it's not about her well played guitar as much as it is her voice and her stories. I recommend that listen if you have the time to enjoy it. Some of my favorites to watch out for are Frigid and Never Fuck A Woman You Don't Love. That title peaked some interest, didn't it? Go ahead. Click it.