If you're going to steal, steal from the best, and Nerina Pallot makes no bones about her musical debts to Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon. But there's much more than mere mimicry on this intriguing record. It opens with the scintillating blast of Everybody's Gone to War, in which Pallot re-creates the protest song as amped-up powerpop with a lethal chorus and chilling lines such as: "I've got a friend, he's a pure-bred killing machine, I think he might be dead by Christmas." Elsewhere, the classically trained and partly French Pallot (pronounced "Pallow") scatters fresh melodic ideas and crafty narrative twists all around her, as in the reminiscences of her first steps in the music business, the philosophy and scintillating harmonies of Learning to Breathe, or the little twist of Michel Legrand in the back-to-front romance of Geek Love. The more you listen to it, the better it gets.