Introspective and moody, Heather Eatman's second release displays a restless heart in search of inner peace while exploring the complicated and often confusing terrain of human relationships, loneliness, and dreams unfulfilled. Eatman's world-weary rasp of a voice is lifted up from the depths of despair by strong melodies and a cast of musicians whose ensemble accompaniment seems to breathe with every phrase and nuance of Eatman's delivery by varying tempos and dynamics intuitively, especially on the tracks "Heaven on Earth," "Driving Darlene," and "Too Tired to Be Elvis." The straight-ahead folk-pop rockers are equally intriguing, most notably "Sympathy" and "Some Girls," along with the jazzy ballad "Black Lincoln Bomb," which wraps up the album on an ironic note. Candy & Dirt is a folk-rock gem that fans will want to come back to time and time again to rediscover the imagery and divine word play that Eatman carves into each of the 11 tracks on this collection.
AllMusic Review by Tom Semioli