It's been four years since Edith Frost's last album, leaving only an online collection of four-track demos (well worth downloading for free at www.comfortstand.com
) to keep her fans sated. It's a Game
marks a retreat from the relatively lush sound of 2001's Wonder Wonder.
On it, Frost
harkens back to the spare, uncluttered tone of her earlier albums which is good news, as her lonesome, quavering vocals tend to benefit from a bit of grit and open space. Game
's songs are contemplative and downcast with their familiar urban-country twang (at least one, "Playmate," dates back to her mid-1990s Brooklyn days). But there is also an old-timey flavor in places that we really haven't heard from Frost before; you could easily imagine a young Patsy Cline singing such classically lovely songs as "If It Weren't for the Words" or the title track. It all adds up to a remarkably consistent album and one of Frost's strongest showings to date.