I agree with another reviewer here who has noticed that Eliza Gilkyson just keeps getting better and better. I have loved her music ever since I first heard her sing "Calling All Angels" (not the Jane Siberry song, but a Gilkyson original with the same title) in the 1980's. With a voice somewhere between the velvet-smoothness of a Jennifer Warnes and the grittier edges of a Lucinda Williams, Ms. Gilkyson does few covers of other songwriters' work, since her own compositions are more than enough to carry an entire album. Having just said this, I'm particularly fond of the one song on this CD not at least co-written by Eliza, "Is It Like Today" (by Karl Wallinger and Edmond De Vere), with its addicting, melodic hook line, "...how could it come to this, yeah I really want to know about this..." However, this latest collection of songs may be Eliza Gilkyson's crowning achievement as a songwriter, thus far, and fans of great contemporary "folk" music who, for one reason or another have managed to miss ever hearing this artist (she certainly deserves greater fame), would do well to start with this latest CD. It's hard to pick favorites, as this is all so good. I love the tunes to "Borderline" and "Think About You." Now, with the horrible disaster of Hurricane Katrina, "Calm Before the Storm," already a strong piece, acquires even greater poignancy. Throughout this album, Gilkyson's band is spot on, and provides more than ample support for Eliza's expressive voice. What is perhaps Gilkyson's greatest strength is her ability to grab the listener with a strong melody first; then she moves in for the kill with devastating lyrics. Whether her words are political, as with the angry "Man Of God," or personal, as in "Think About You," repeated listenings reveal deeper layers of meaning. Throughout her career, Eliza's poetry has used lots of Christian imagery and symbolism, but she is no religious extremist. Her music is spiritual in the deepest sense, and her songs resonate with compassion, an understanding of the human condition, and a love for life. Do you like Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch or Dar Williams? Buy this record. You will not be disappointed! For further listening, seek out the CD "Pilgrims," which may be out of print, and 1997's "Redemption Road." "Pilgrims" is lovely, but it also reveals how far Eliza Gilkyson has come since then; her poetry was like that of a talented schoolgirl, as compared with the artistry of the world-wise woman of today. "Redemption Road" is my second-favorite album by this artist (the latest being my pick for The Best), closely followed by her Red House CD, "Hard Times In Babylon."