Based on this Zoë album debut, Lisa Loeb should settle in for a long run at the label.

Based on this Zoë album debut, Lisa Loeb should settle in for a long run at the label. The disc, much of which Loeb produced, shows a sure production sense to match the ever-perceptive singer/songwriter's observations on life and love. Many of these, including pop gem "I Control the Sun," reflect a recent breakup. Her overall outlook, though, remains positive, as evidenced by the lovely piano ballad "Try" and the grown-up awareness expressed in the Beatles-inflected "Now I Understand." Maturity is artfully manifested, too, in the controlled shifting from full band arrangements to stark acoustic guitar songs like the wistful "Lucky Me," in which Loeb effectively evokes her nouveau folkie roots.—JB