The Rocket - 12-26 July 1995
Jane Siberry, Maria (Reprise CD)
While Siberry is going for a jazz club sort of sound on much of the disc, the one musical constant is her voice. Somehow she's managed to sound less confident, more afraid of herself with each recording since The Speckless Sky. But at the same time, her songwriting, which has always been strong, has improved. Her lyrics don't always make sense right away ("And when I lay me down to sleep/In my flowery keep/The moon upon my face/I dream of bowls of milk"), but they start to paint some sort of subliminal picture after a few listens, and I begin to think I know what she's talking about.
Because it's a bit of a musical departure for her, Maria took a little time to grow on me, but I think it's going to stay in my stereo for a while.