Matador Records – 2005 – 39 minutes
Laura Cantrell's third album is evocative of hot summer days, sitting in a shady spot with a radio on. It's reminiscent of classic country at its best.
With songs of love; '14th Street', life; 'California Rose' and heartache; 'Poor Ellen Smith', Cantrell plumbs the depths of the soul and her soothing vocal, almost hesitantly, at times, explores these emotions.
Again, Cantrell borrows from the likes of Lucinda Williams, Wynn Stewart and Emily Spray as well as singing her own songs. This makes for a varied collection, from Stewart's wistful 'Wishful Thinking' to Cantrell's own toe-tapping 'California Rose'.
The barn dance tune, the folk song and the heartfelt lament all have a place here, but the best tracks are the more up-tempo numbers. There isn't anything spectacular here, but if you like your country music, this is for you.