With this album, recorded in Nashville, Worcester-area singer-songwriter Gracie Day taps into a sense of wanderlust and small-town constraint to create a narrative that bristles and smolders. Day is an excellent vocalist, blessed with a smoky voice and an impeccable sense of phrasing, but really, this album shows that her greatest strength is as a storyteller. The heat of “Come a Little Closer” plays well into the ambivalence of “Last Chance,” and the hopefulness of the opener, “Tennessee,” feels like a distant echo when you reach the sense of stasis of “Some Things Never Change.” She accomplishes a lot in a slim album, and not a single note is wasted.

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