"Will you take me as your mistress/ Long and dark hair/Will you cut it off when it's useless/All of my hair." Inara George's gorgeous opener "Mistress" on her debut "All Rise" reads and sounds like Sy

"Will you take me as your mistress/ Long and dark hair/Will you cut it off when it's useless/All of my hair." Inara George's gorgeous opener "Mistress" on her debut "All Rise" reads and sounds like Sylvia Plath if she ever took up guitar; like much of the album, it's sparse and otherworldly, a dark but dear stab at love. Akin to Frou Frou's Imogen Heap and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, George's panpipe voice is smooth and her syllables pronounced. "All Rise" benefits most from producer and co-conspirator Michael Andrews (who composed the score to "Donnie Darko") and keyboardist Greg Kurstin, who fill out the pauses and sighs. Every track is deliberate, wholly palatable and never hurried. The strengths of "All Rise" are understatement and simplicity; while George may not shock you, it's because she never meant to.—KH