Emerging from a small mid-Western town in the USA, Jen Gloeckner's first album 'Miles Away' is deeply evocative of a life spent far away from big city life. A tastefully sparse production means that every guitar twang and every shiver in Gloeckner's voice can be heard. The title track has the power to summon up images of deserted, yet unspoiled lands and 'Hazy Sky' is a rambling delight, showcasing Gloeckner's strumming skills. Yet her best work is laced with mystery whether it's the distant cello on 'Seven Maids', the quasi trip-hop of 'Nothing Personal' or the hypnotic majesty of 'Only 1'. Disappointingly the later tracks on the album don't quite maintain the high standards set earlier and perhaps at fifty-five minutes and sixteen tracks a little pruning wouldn't have gone amiss, with only the moody, jungle effects employed on 'Clear The Sand' likely to cause ears to prick up. No matter, the promise of better times ahead is the overriding impression.