Best known as the soft, confiding voice of splendidly unorthodox bluegrassers Crooked Still, Aoife O'Donovan has a broadening CV, having worked with jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas and the Chris Thile/Yo-Yo Ma roots-classical adventure Goat Rodeo Sessions. She also had this album's opening track, Lay My Burden Down, covered by Alison Krauss. The 10 songs here are all O'Donovan's and, like her singing, they show a quiet strength and a real talent for melodic hooks and twists. Producer Tucker Martine has provided a great variety of arrangements, from the pedal steel warmth that cloaks Lay My Burden Down to the loose-limbed rhythm, banjo and accordion-decorated rootsiness of Briar Rose. And don't be surprised if the album's closer, the gospel-ish Oh, Mama becomes one of these anthems that bring down the curtain on Down From The Mountain/Transatlantic Sessions-style get-togethers in the not-too-distant future.