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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Seattle-based singer-songwriter. Ed Harcourt guests on one track.
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  1. Songs is heavy on romantic longing, but the music is so coy and smart that it rarely feels mushy.
  2. Represents a step forward. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.139]
  3. A lovely collection of Sunday morning melancholy that's as gentle as it is weary.
  4. Thomas may have been perfect for a second- or third-tier Lilith Fair stage, a place where people expect slow, introspective, sweet songwriting. However, if she hopes to capture a larger audience, she may want to first capture herself a faster metronome.
  5. Lament after lament, they start to all blend together, and all of Thomas's considerable skill as a singer, musician, and composer can't seem to create any really arresting moments, just a lot of pretty songs.
  6. There's the potential for something here; as of If Songs Could Be Held, it's yet unrealized.

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