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  • Summary: The Texan singer's fourth album features M Ward and Marc Ribot as guest musicians.
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  1. is a spooky yet beautiful offering by one of our best musical poets; a true outsider trying to come in from the cold.
  2. It’s a shade more rock and roll, an ounce more blunt, a great deal of fun, and it documents an increasingly confident artist wielding prime, unpretentious material.
  3. In 'Your Big Hands,' she and her pals work up a rowdy roadhouse groove worthy of Car Wheels–era Lucinda Williams. And 'Mexico City' has ringing ’60s-pop guitar twinkles that give her melancholy travelogue a welcome splash of whimsy.
  4. 70
    However much she slurs her lines on this fine fourth album, the shabby rockers and frayed ballads cut deep. [Nov 2008, p.93]
  5. Holland has gathered together chronicles of her life and created a patchwork quilt of evocative songs rendered in her smoky folk-blues singing voice. [Fall 2008, p.76]
  6. Holland has a soft spot for sad sacks --the "ghost-faced junkie" of 'Corrido por Buddy,' the lover who made her "little heart a graveyard" on 'Palmyra'--but her honeyed harmonies keep the mood from getting too gloomy.
  7. 40
    A few songs confirm her gifts....More often, self-satisfaction takes over and the final track's dull. [Nov 2008, p.108]

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