Picks and Pans Review: Flutterby

updated 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Butterfly Boucher

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Australia's multitalented Butterfly Boucher (yes, that's her real name) spreads her wings on an impressive pop-rock debut. In addition to writing 11 of 12 songs solo (the exception being the sumptuously arranged "Another White Dash," which she cowrote), the 24-year-old artist plays nearly all the instruments here. And she does it all well. Although Boucher's sound isn't quite as original as her name, her solid musicianship and smart lyrics make Flutterby take flight. Boucher brings a punkish edge to the guitar-happy rocker "Soul Back" while calling to mind a younger Sheryl Crow on the punchy, radio-ready first single, "I Can't Make Me." Elsewhere she displays fresh lyrical insight on the gentle ballad "Don't Point, Don't Scare It," likening love to a frightened animal, while on the folk-tinged "A Walk Outside," she ponders in her pure voice, "Which came first/The love or the love song?" before deciding that "In the end it doesn't matter."

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