Phoebe Snow's first original album in 14 years finds the veteran songstress in finest fettle—both as a singer and songwriter.

Phoebe Snow's first original album in 14 years finds the veteran songstress in finest fettle—both as a singer and songwriter. Sometimes understated, other times intensely atmospheric, the production spotlights her autobiographical and personal lyrics while never losing sight of one of the most powerful voices in pop. "Be brave, take risks," she exhorts in "Above the Band." Throughout "Natural Wonder" she follows her own advice triumphantly, so that the title track, about an enduring love, just as well describes her own continuing career. Snow's tender cover of "Baby, I Need Your Loving," meanwhile, offers a nod to her traditional soul-singing divahood.—JB