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  • Summary: Nicolai Dunger guests on the singer-songwriter's third LP.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. If anything, this is the most satisfying offering from Sykes and her band yet.
  2. Spin
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    Riveting porch noir. [Feb 2007, p.86]
  3. The songs are simultaneously catchier and darker than on her earlier records.
  4. There is occasional resemblance here to the drowsy Memphis vibe on Cat Power's 2006 album, "The Greatest," but Sykes' tour [of] the soul is both grittier and spookier.
  5. Jesse Sykes is hard to pin down--and that's a good thing indeed.
  6. If Sykes continues to court the trio's eclectic sound and jammy vibe, she might soon live up to all the praise she's been getting.
  7. After the 12 tracks that make up this album, I "got used to" Sykes's peculiar voice. It's the sentimentality that I could do without.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. JoshW
    Feb 7, 2007
    10
    Album of the year
  2. VanR
    Feb 6, 2007
    10
    Simply stunning.
  3. LazerHorse
    Feb 15, 2007
    9
    cmon folks, this record has it all. the hope, the tears, the rock. the evolution of 21st century music, this is easily jesse's best - cmon folks, this record has it all. the hope, the tears, the rock. the evolution of 21st century music, this is easily jesse's best - sonically as satisfying, lyrically deeper than her contemporaries. Expand
  4. niccolo
    Feb 20, 2007
    9
    wow. such a great record. noir and sweet at same time. great voice and so great guitars, bravo!
  5. Russ
    Feb 27, 2007
    9
    A nice step forward into some heavier stuff. However, the first cd, Reckless Burning, is still my favorite, an absolute masterpiece of melancholy!
  6. kelly1'1
    Feb 7, 2007
    2
    Tepid! She makes Chan Marshal look like Stavinsky on this new offering.
  7. judd
    Mar 2, 2007
    1
    The sentimental overload is like watching Jan Crouch on TBN. without the popcorn.