Singer and songwriter Daisy May (aka May Erlewine) presents her music in its simplest form on her debut album, 2003's Sleepless; these 13 songs were recorded with just May's voice accompanied by her own acoustic guitar, except for an occasional vocal harmony overdub or harmonica line here and there. Thankfully, Daisy May's music is strong and vital enough to communicate without a lot of added gingerbread; the spunky lilt of her voice is clear and forceful and carries the self-confidence of a champion cowgirl along with the smarts of a woman who has a library card and isn't afraid to use it. Daisy May's songs are a bit on the wordy side, but they're never pretentious, and she tells her stories with a keen sense of detail that gives her work an engaging sense of emotional honesty. Sleepless is modest in its execution, but suggests Daisy May has the makings of a major talent, and between her terrific voice and fine songs, this disc is an impressive calling card for a new artist.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Deming