What a gorgeous, gorgeous album. The story goes, read Uncut for more accurate details, that Laura was a geologist before she ever considered music a calling, and lonely doing fieldwork in some Chinese plains, she picked a guitar. Well, that was a few years ago by now, and this CD is her third one, with Carbon Glacier -her latest- being available only as an import. Rather than comparing her to other singers or groups that may orbit similar suns, I would say that fans of Folk, Americana, and even Alt Country will find her a true gem. Laura Veirs is a distinct voice. In the literal sense, she already possesses a tone and phrasing that have found their home. In terms of her compositions, a mature observer is already dwelling on this talented young woman. As far as I'm concerned she's the next generation of goddesses, preceded by Gilliam Welch, and Emylou Harris and Joni Mitchell before them.