Young is equally expressive when she's not singing: The solo banjo number "Happy Ending" shows off her instrumental prowess, while she gives a bluegrass flair to the traditional Irish "Sgt. Early's Dream/Maids of Castlebar." Though she plays guitar or banjo on every cut of the album, her voice is what makes her songs truly thrive. On "All for Good," her honey-sweet vocals convey the melancholy of the song's opening ("It's just one more day out of my life / gone for good, gone for good").
While "Grow" showcases Young's predominantly Americana sound, a cover of Dusty Owens's "Once More" finds her slipping into a twangier, more country sound. The song is a duet with Phish's Mike Gordon, and the addition of his bandmate Gordon Stone on pedal steel completes the old-timey feel of her rendition.
-- Catherine P. Lewis