Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata returns with a collection of tunes that almost feel like a series of dreams. There is a surreal and cinematic quality to the production and the artist’s delivery that is stark and ethereal. Each track on the album takes on a very personal tone where sound design is as important as lyric content. Top cuts include the torrid torch song “Nobody,” the Tom Waits-meets-Jonatha Brooke-ish “EZ Target” and the traditionally bluesy number “Let Me Be Your Girl.” The songs flow freely in a sequence that is both otherworldly and enchanting.
Score: 9 out of 10