Recorded in her hometown of Nashville (though she lives in NYC) with a band that includes guitarist Kenny Vaughan and harmony vocals on several tracks by current Nashville sensation Caitlin Rose, No Way There From Here is anchored by the title track, cowritten with Franklin Bruno, which is easily one of the best tunes Cantrell’s ever put her name on. While it may be motherhood and the time she took off from music between 20062011, Cantrell somehow seems to live inside these songs more than on past records. The way she sells the bitter-edged liberation inherent in the words to Jennifer O’Connor’s “Beg or Borrow Days”I’m gonna drink black coffee all nite long/until I write the perfect song/and I won’t give up if the chords are wrong/and words don’t fit or rhymehas great emotional wallop.
Produced by Cantrell and frequent collaborator Mark Nevers, this is home recording worth a listen with a mediumsized soundstage and very respectable dynamics. Overall, a classy, heartfelt set from a savvy pro that has paid her dues.