This is Stevie's fourth solo album and sounds quite unlike all of her previous works. It was a bit of a disappointment when it was first released, being harshly criticized by critics and wielding only one hit single, Rooms on Fire.
Admittedly, when this disc was first released I was not a big fan of it. It seemed extremely overproduced. One of the things that I always enjoyed about her previous work was that the intimate feel the song produced was in tandem with her intimate lyrics. Here, the production sort of keeps me at arms length from the songs.
Over time I have come to really like this collection. While it does have a different sound than her previous works, the sound flows through the entire album giving it a distinctive feel from start to finish. This is in stark contrast to her last album which felt quite jarring when moving from song to song.
While Rooms on Fire was the hit song from the album, it is far from my favorite song here. Doing the Best I Can is an unusual yet beautiful song. It is very powerful and my favorite track here. I also enjoy her duet with Bruce Hornsby on Two Kinds of Love (which also features Kenny G on sax).
The only song that I don't particularly enjoy is the closing song, her cover of Johnny Cash's I Still Miss Someone. I am not familiar with his original version, but I just don't feel an emotional connection between her and the lyrics that she is singing on this song.
This is an interesting collection. If you enjoy the song Rooms on Fire then you will probably enjoy the rest of the songs here. It is a really different sound here and really the beginning of a noticeable change in the sound of her voice.