On Solace, her confidence blossoms as she wanders a wide world of pop music. Comparisons to Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, and Billie Holiday should cease, as Contreras' honeyed vocals sound free, relaxed, and quite her own throughout these 13 songs. "Break It Down Baby" is a welcoming introduction to her honest-to-goodness approach. "Come Back My Way" and "Down the Mountain" are classic Americana in warm, summery tones. Contreras even gets a little funky. The high-spirited groove of "Little Boy" (a tribute to her son) and the smooth jazz of "All I've Given" really showcase her gifts. Producer Doug Lancio (Nanci Griffith, Patty Griffin) and her CC String Band mates contribute richly to Solace's beauty and wonder.
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