Picks and Pans Review: Toby Lightman

UPDATED 08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

Bird on a Wire
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On her 2004 debut disc Little Things, Toby Lightman demonstrated that she was no small talent. This rewarding follow-up continues to shine a light on the singer-songwriter's knack for making rich, soulful pop. Lightman remains hard to pigeonhole on Bird on a Wire; she smoothly glides from the gospel-tinged opener "Don't Wake Me" to the bluesy stomper "Don't Let Go" and the wistful, folk-inflected ballad "I'd Be Lost." First single "Holding Me Down," which showcases Lightman's guitar-playing skills and earthy, raspy vocals, brings to mind the rootsy, funky vibe of KT Tunstall's recent hit "Black Horse & the Cherry Tree."

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