As a long-time fan of Claire Martin, I was eagerly looking forward to her latest release; her five previous having all been wonderful. She has taken a different approach this time, and opted for a repertoire different from the classic jazz she normally sings. It could have been an interesting experiment, but it just doesn't quite work. The first song, "Riverman", is excellent, and I thought that I was going to be in for a treat: Claire's sexy, smoky voice singing a different kind of jazz, with strings, electric guitars, etc. But the album declines after that. "Take my Heart" and "I scare myself" are rather feeble Latin jazz numbers that sound more cliched than anything else. "Queen Bee" is painful to listen to, unless you're a huge fan of 70s funk and soul, and even then, it's probably a bad imitation. "Jonah" by Paul Simon and "Baby Plays Around" by Elvis Costello are surprising entries and work pretty well, but the cover of "Help!", arranged by Noel Gallagher (Oasis) just doesn't work at all. I found the CD to be overly mellow, though perhaps that was the intent. So I have to give the album only 3 stars, and hope that Claire comes up with something better the next time around. If you want to hear her with much stronger material, try "Devil May Care" or "Offbeat", both excellent earlier releases.