I guess I have a thing for female singer songwriters who have recently emerged from their music caves of wonder (see: Rachael Yamagata). I can't help it, the material they are producing is irresistible.
If you've been on the hunt for full-bodied, whimsically compelling music, Brooke Fraser may be your lady. The New Zealand-born artist went on a short hiatus after the release of her second album, Albertine, which was released back in 2006. Though the album reached platinum status five times, she needed a break from her three-year tour for sophomoric album. Unmotivated and completely spent, it wasn't until last year that she released her third album, Flags, a beautiful and thought-provoking collection of masterfully crafted songs that includes "Something in the Water", a folksy, light-hearted tune, replete with hand clapping and tenuous backup vocals.
Currently on her worldwide tour, just last week Fraser announced a deluxe edition of the album was released with five additional tracks. Dubbed the "Kiwi Norah Jones", Fraser's Flags marks a grand return to music, with vocal guests like Jon Foreman and Carey Brothers. Aqualung lends a lung to "Who Are We Fooling", an aching melody about putting the light out on inspired love.