made a big jump from The Texas Campfire Tapes
to Short Sharp Shocked
, but no one expected the direction she would take for Captain Swing
. Rather than continuing as a folky singer/songwriter, she opted instead to take on western swing and big-band music, complete with horn-heavy arrangements and bright orchestration. And although the cartoon image of her on the cover gives a smirk and a sly wink, the album is surprising devoid of irony. She treats the genre with affection and she's obviously having a good time swinging. Captain Swing
may have confused fans of Short Sharp Shocked
, but the album has several great moments, and most of all, it offers a good time.