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I should not be, as one nearing completion of a mortgage, singing along about "finding a cure for my life" or God meeting up with aging hookers. It embarrasses the family, including the son in grad school. Yes, I should be "too old" for this album. But I'm not. It sounds fresh, alive, spontaneous. It sticks with this listener in a pleasant way. It comes back to the top of the CDs spun to and from work, while at work sometimes, and remains enjoyable.
Ida Maria plays with a wry smile in her music, and a spunky, joyful manner that is lacking in so many newer artists. There's nothing prefabricated here. I look forward to more from her, and will welcome the opportunity to see and hear her in concert. The voice, the wit, the phrasing, they are all wonderful, and the writing is strong enough to hold this CD together as an album to keep.