Kid Face

This Okie favors stark arrangements on her third LP, which is smart: So much happens in her voice – tremors, skids, heart-in-throat builds – that minimal backing is plenty. Flavors vary: "For the Miner" suggests U2's "One" reimagined by Neil Young; "The Pattern Has Changed" suggests an achier Carole King. Crain's lyrics are plain-spoken. But the emotion in her tone is a dissertation.