Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'The Things That We Are Made Of'
"What else are there / But the treasures in your heart?/ Something tamed, something wild." Those are some of the first lines you hear on Carpenter's 14th studio album. Burrowing into the vagaries of love and the roads not taken, these songs glow with spectral elegance and sage wisdom that comes only from experience. Working with producer Dave Cobb, he of the Midas touch of late, Carpenter strips her ruminations to their skeletal core, but make no mistake, they're still made of flesh and blood.