Unflinchingly honest and musically exploratory, this Australian trio's U.S.

Unflinchingly honest and musically exploratory, this Australian trio's U.S. debut is an eclectic pop mixture delving into the ups and downs of relationships. At times mellow and introspective—as on the slow-moving "Danger" (about a couple who "missed the signs" in its relationship)—the project can also be exuberant (witness "Without You," a freewheeling tune that tells of a woman who finds freedom after a much-needed break-up). "The Haircut" is a melancholy account of how unhealthy expectations can tear two people apart; it's accompanied by beautiful guitar and string work. Though heavily relying on the vocals of sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson, guitarist Joshua Cunningham chimes in on the charming "Love Serenade" and on the group's autobiographical-sounding "A Brief History . . ." The album ends with the hopeful title track that poses these words to listeners: "Water's fine from the edge/But how you gonna know if you don't get wet?"—JK