I was excited when I first found that Holly Cole had (finally) released another album. Her prior "Dark Dear Heart" was excellently executed, so I was anxious to hear "the next phase" in her musical evolution. Unfortunately, she seems to have taken a step backwards. It always makes me wonder when an artist does a cover of a song that she has already recorded. In this case, she covers "Make It Go Away" which was the song from "Dark Dear Heart (DDH)" that garnered much attention for Ms. Cole. On the DDH version, the song is appropriately done as a "solo" as the song is the plaintiff plea from a woman to her lover, seeking relief from a personal burden. On "Romantically Helpless", she covers the same song, but with a swelling chorus of back-up singers (that come perilously close to drowning her out at times). The song loses the personal feel that its author surely intended. Ms. Cole also does two versions of "Romantically Helpless" (only one of which is listed on the jewel case insert). The first involves a heavy-handed synthesizer (also in danger of drowning out Ms. Cole's vocals) while the second version has a light, bouncy instrumental accompaniment, which seems to better fit the song's lyrics and feel. Overall, a good album, but if you don't already have "Dark Dear Heart", I'm confident that you will like it MORE!