I read some comparisons to Over the Rhine, a guilty pleasure of mine. Unfortunately, the music here is unremarkable. The spare accompaniment is welcome (I hate when this stuff is overproduced), but the slow and hushed strumming and piano notes are so dull and lifeless that they’re almost nonexistent.
When the pace is slow and the music doesn’t register, you need strong vocals to carry the album. Sadly, Kim Taylor doesn’t deliver. Her voice has little range and fails to convey the bittersweet wistfulness of her lyrics. Reviewing this album was a joyless chore.
Bottom Line: Dull and flat ballads. Your pet cactus might like it.