This album is what Up and Castles wanted to be, or maybe what I wanted them to be. Since she stepped back a little from lightning quick acoustic picking and fire-angry songs, she's been building up to this: this new sound, mellower, jazz/funkier. Here, she's completed the leap and seems to be more comfortable and effortless with this new look/style/evolution.
This is a beautiful album from beginning to end. Highlights are the title track (nowadays, when Ani's being quiet, watch out.), Wish I May (perhaps the most despairing song I've ever heard. "This is not who I meant to be/This is not how I meant to feel.) Freak Show (scream it, girl.) and Swing (totally, totally fun. I love this new funk groove feel.)
But really, so much of it is good. I didn't even mention Providence or I Know this Bar or Arrivals Gate. Damn, what a good album. Buy this one.
In my opinion, there are three essential Ani albums: Out of Range, Dilate, and now this one. It's that good....