Reason to Love
The album begins with the genius of Bob Dylan, 'I Believe in You', expressed in all of it's conviction, and ends with his pained but gentle 'When the Deal Goes Down' sung with harmonies that are as surprising as they are bittersweet. She uses harmony again to soften the quiet desperation of Richard Farina's 'Children of Darkness', and then brings home the dazed sense of unreality in K.T. Tunstall's 'Through the Dark'. In 'Risk', Ava confronts the fear of settling for, and then she sings 'Man Don't Know', about the dull ache of a relationship that has passed the point of communication and thus of survival. From the amazing pride of parenthood, 'You Wonder at Starlight', to the dawning awareness of one's mortality, 'Hold Me', come let Ava guide you through the many emotions and experiences that make life worth living.