EW Staff
March 26, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

While it doesn’t top her priceless 2000 debut, You Were Here, the fluid, moody Names comes respectably close. With a voice as silvery and luminous as a full moon, Harmer constructs daring metaphors to convey emotional perplexities. The mellowed-out Canadian rocker is a ”good little clock” in ”Pendulums” and a windblown sailor in the punchy ”Almost.” Meanwhile, songs like the rueful ”Tether” display Harmer’s gift for setting human drama to fresh melodies.

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