Amy Ray's affection for three-chord songs (usually in a I-IV-V pattern) unfortunately culminates on this album with "Shame on You". The fact that the song exhibits electric guitar isn't so much of a surprise; "Touch Me Fall" from the album "Swamp Ophelia" demonstrated a willingness to break from the limitations of acoustic sound (as does "Ophelia's" album sleeve, showing a smashed acoustic). While one could argue that Ray's songwriting skills have always been more raw, emotion-laden, and simple, it appears to me that the long-term effect this has had on their albums has been a gradual separation in the quality of the songwriting between Ray and Emily Saliers. Saliers maintains reasonably well here, with contributions such as "Leeds", "Burn All the Letters", and "Everything in Its Own Time". As a result, there is a schism between the two's compositions. Without a doubt, their diverse approaches were obvious from the outset, but Saliers' superior instrumental skill and thoughtful lyrical talent simply outstrips the considerable emotion Ray brings to the album. (A telling detail is chronicled on "1200 Curfews" where Amy insists that guitar lessons are not necessary -- a true statement, but sadly, reflecting an approach that has given her less longevity as a quality songwriter.) All in all, "Shaming of the Sun" is a decent album, but mainly because Saliers shoulders the load.