Lanahan's howling vocals can be visceral, too, recalling PJ Harvey or Ani DiFranco at times. But too often she sounds more like folk lightweight Edie Brickell. The blurb on her website, a quotation from Counting Crows' Matt Malley, actually points to her primary flaw: "And you can tell by listening to her music that meditation and introspection are not just a hobby for her, but a way of life." Meditative music might work well for yoga classes and coffeehouse study sessions, but its appeal is limited. In the opening song, "Pomegranate Seeds," Lanahan makes numerous references to the wonders of nature (rivers and mountains) and continues to cite the outdoors as an inspiration in "Vessel of Me" and "Forest." But it quickly becomes redundant -- only on the more relaxed closing track (an untitled song that's not listed) does Lanahan snap out of her "meditative state" to give us something truly natural.
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