Sarah White Bluebird

Bluebird is White's second album and it is a powerful, memorable sophomore effort. Her gentle, lilting voice is not unlike Beth Orton's, although at times it appears that she has a lot more power in her arsenal. Like Orton, White's music manages to traverse genres, although not as obviously - some tracks could be best described as folk, whereas some show a stronger country influence. Even when you think you've managed to pin down the kind of music you are dealing with, there's always the chance that an unexpected electric guitar will materialise, disturbing the predominantly acoustic tranquillity. For the most part, though, there's a real fragility to the music that belies the lyrics. The downside is that it is frighteningly short - only 28 minutes long and it feels like some tracks (particularly the closer "Skirting") stop before they should have. (Jagjaguwar)