At just 24 years of age Eliza Carthy makes her major label debut with Angels and Cigarettes, her previous critically acclaimed independent album was released in 1998. Singer songwriter, Carthy has a gift for expressing the personal side of her life through her songs, intertwining folk with modern music. This CD is a light mixing of strong whimsical lyrics, a gentle voice and lilting violin music. Songs of note are the forthcoming single Whole, and Beautiful Girl. Whole is a wonderful tribute to love and the trials and desires it brings. The music and singing wrap the listener up in a gossamer of sound, light but substantial. The fast paced musical score of Beautiful Girl expresses the torment and envy of trying to meet societal expectations of feminine beauty. Definitely a CD to listen to, enjoy its relaxing qualities and thought provoking lyrics.