Edith Frost Wonder Wonder

Chicagoan Edith Frost's third album continues the path of heart-wrenching, introspective and beautiful songwriting, backed with simple, spare arrangements and her haunting, hint-of-twang voice. She comes by her portion of Southern country honestly, having toiled in several different country and Western swing bands before landing in the Windy City and on Drag City, following like-minded singer/songwriter Will Oldham. Frost isn't nearly so lackadaisical and contrary as Oldham, and Wonder Wonder shines with some hope and brightness that makes it mellow but not dark. Members of Eleventh Day Dream, Sea and Cake and other Chicago notables appear to back her up, but Frost could caress her guitar and whisper in the corner and demand to be heard. (Drag City)