Although she can be a riveting stage performer, on most of her recordings Rickie Lee Jones oscillates between the alluring and the repellent—and this new CD is no exception.
Collaborating with former Low Pop Suicide member Rick Boston and electronic music programmer Robert Devery, Jones forges a daring alliance between her lo-fi folk-jazz and their high-tech rhythm surges. On songs like the eerie title track and the infectious "Firewalker," they break mesmerizing new sonic ground. Unfortunately, much of the album is filled with meandering, inscrutable pieces that ultimately leave you feeling the way one usually does at the end of a Rickie Lee Jones album—exasperated. (Reprise)