Picks and Pans Review: Volcano

updated 11/03/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Edie Brickell


On "Rush Around," the wistful waltz that opens Volcano, Edie Brickell could well be explaining why it has been nine years since her last solo album, Picture Perfect Morning: "I remember thinking this just can't be right/ Got to be a better way to live your life/ Slow like a soft southern breeze/ Nobody take time to breathe." The former frontwoman of the New Bohemians took an extended break from recording to raise her three kids with husband Paul Simon. But the singer-songwriter didn't lose her knack for crafting smart, soothing folk pop. Songs such as "Once in a Blue Moon" are perfect for a rainy day, with Brickell adding a dash of jazz here, a sprinkle of country there. The results can sometimes get a bit too sleepy, the pleasures a bit too subtle, but the hushed beauty of "What Would You Do" leaves no question that it's good to have Brickell back.

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