Entertainment Weekly - 11/14/03, p.124
"...Her chirpy voice...has matured into a dusky croon. And her songs...are seductive and slinky, tailor-made to succeed in the current singer-songwriter renaissance..." - Rating: B
Personnel: Edie Brickell (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Charlie Sexton (acoustic & electric guitars, violin, viola, cello, Mellotron, percussion, background vocals); Andy Fairweather-Low (acoustic & electric guitars); Carter Albrecht (clarinet, piano, keyboards, vibraphone); Tony Garrier (acoustic & electric basses); Pino Palladino (bass); Steve Gadd (drums, percussion); George Recile (drums).
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording Studios, Brooklyn, New York and Hit Factory Studios, New York, New York.
In the late 1980s, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians caught the nation's fancy with their neo-hippie folk-rock. Since parting with the band, Brickell's solo outings have been few and far between--one in the mid-'90s (produced by husband Paul Simon) and then nothing until this 2003 release. VOLCANO bears little relation to the New Bohemians days; some cuts offer moody, atmospheric balladeering a la latter-day Rickie Lee Jones, while others such as "Oo La La" seem at least partly informed by Simon's world-pop syncretism. There are other interesting stylistic detours--the jazzy "I'd Be Surprised," the Sheryl Crow-meets-Counting Crows soulful pop of "Not Saying Goodbye." Overall, VOLCANO is both more varied and more directly involving than its predecessor. Progress, then.