Having loved parts of Carbon Glacier, I was curious to know what Ms. Veirs would be up to next. Well, she surpassed all my expectations, and I have gone from being a casual fan to being a really big one with the very first listen to Year Of Meteors. While it took some effort to enjoy the previous album, which is gorgeous but somehow remote and tentative, this CD asserts itself right out of the gate on the odd "Fire Snakes," with its arrangement of blips and bleeps. The set almost never lets up from there, with "Galaxies," "Where Gravity Is Dead" and "Parisian Dream" particular standouts. Comparisons by other reviewers on this page to Suzanne Vega are apt, but I think Veirs is more like Imogen Heap, with her fascination with spaced-out, electronic accompaniment and swooping, wide-ranging melodies. Laura is more deadpan in her vocal delivery (which I guess is why so many listeners thought of Ms. Vega). Very few weak moments on Year of Meteors; I highly recommended this!