Rachael Yamagata's first album was one of 2004's
best, but the charms of this follow-up aren't evident on the first listen. Or second.
The problem lies in the structure of Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart it's a ''record in 2 parts,'' consisting of nine
ballads followed by five grittier numbers.
The result is a slog that'll have you reaching
for the happy pills. That said, Yamagata's
delivery is gorgeous. And amid all the
moroseness are some standouts, including
''Elephants,'' which belongs in the
canon of great spurned-lover songs, and
''Sidedish Friend,'' which, contrary to its title, is not about a pal who brings candied
yams to dinner. B–
Download This: Listen to ''Elephants'' on the musician's MySpace page