On her self-titled third release, the previously all-acoustic Rose Polenzani spruces things up a little with added instrumentation, helping to bring her revelatory and revealing songs to life. Increasing the musical intensity to the same level as the emotional, a good chunk of the support is ever so appropriate, with only "Orange Crush" seeming to stick out a tad. The occasional assault of guitars and drums certainly does help make her point, and thankfully the timing is well chosen -- otherwise it might possibly have been a hindrance to the intimacy at which she's so skilled. And lucky for listeners, Polenzani was compassionate enough to toss in a few bare bones (try "The Flood," "Mary Lee," and "Sacramento Avenue") that hark back to her earlier works. All in all, the songwriting and performances are still as poignant and powerful as listeners may have come to expect from Polenzani.
AllMusic Review by Kelly McCartney