2008-05-12Allison Downey's second album, Across The Sea, is not quite as diverse as the press release makes it out to be, but it's still a wide-ranging (and, most importantly) enjoyable album to listen to, if for nothing else than to take in Downey's voice (which shifts in tone and texture from song to song). The songs themselves tend to sit mostly on the folk side of things, although they do occasionally wade in to rock territory. Downey is at her best here when the songs are a bit more abstract, like “Landscape” and “Blue Deep Aegean.” If you're looking for a simple, down-to-earth folk album, Across The Sea might be just what you're looking for. – Adam Goran
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