Teng even sounds a bit like McLachlan on the textured "Antebellum," whose lyrics draw a subtle metaphor between a relationship gone sour and a war; the gentle timbre of her voice belies the emotional scars in the song's story, making them all the more poignant when the melody evolves into a duet with co-producer Alex Wong. Album-opener "The Last Snowfall" pops and crackles like a vinyl record, as Teng bemoans the end of winter -- and possibly the end of a relationship.
"Territory" isn't always so melancholy: "Grandmother Song" is a feisty look at her life from her grandmother's perspective ("This music career isn't real life"), propelled by a hand-clapped and stomped rhythm. And her skittering piano chords on "Stray Italian Greyhound" capture the giddy feeling of falling in love.
-- Catherine P. Lewis