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Holly Throsby’s second album finds the Australian songwriter setting her delicately spun songs in a far more orchestrated detailed framework than on her 2004 debut, On Night. Opener, ‘Under The Town’ proves that Throsby knows when not to throw the kitchen sink at a song though, and does a magnificent job of building an air of restraint and tension that never overspills. Similarly, ‘On Longing’ demonstrates Throsby’s admirable ability to write memorable music based around the simplest, most minimalistic piano phrases, using only the subtlest of arrangements to bolster it. It all gets a bit Norah Jones on ‘If We Go Easy’ where the rich swell of strings and woodwind cushions Throsby’s likeable, hushed vocal, but in this context of careful, quietly powerful songwriting, that’s all perfectly acceptable. The closing ‘Only A Rake’ proves to consolidate that: it’s an uncommonly poetic, atmospheric ballad that typifies Throsby’s admirably delicate touch.