This Brooklyn singer/songwriter?s sophomore effort once again is comprised of a smart collection of intimate, funky, folky tracks. Beginning with the polyphonic, scat vocals of ?First Light,? Ginsberg continues to mine the fertile field of her varied influences, from Joan Armatrading and Tanita Tikarim to Janis Ian, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Ani DiFranco, and ?Wrecking Ball,? a jaunty, little strolling song/story even fondly recalls the original earth mother, Melanie. The transition from her debut is seemless, particularly since she somewhat mysteriously elects to re-include the two part title track, ?Orange Juice: Stephanie/Stephanie,? which is still as much of an enigma as it was when we reviewed her debut last September (link
). The duality of woman as a mother? child? lover? hot chick is explored in the title track, a pro-feminist stand that suggests, no insists, that woman can be all of these things and do them all equally well! In the process, Ginsberg highlights the more tender, intimate side, suggesting that women don?t have to be loud mouthed, butch or macho to be heard and taken seriously in the 21st century.
A fine companion to her debut, but also a welcome introduction to fans who are just discovering this wonderful new voice in the female folk world. It?s a warm, forward thinking collection of folk tales and ?awareness tunes? that couches Ginsberg?s philosophy inside pleasant, easy listening surroundings without having to resort to shouting to get her message across, thus inviting an open dialogue to discuss woman?s place in the world. I think it?s important to note that she used the word ?Sometime? in the title, suggesting women are much more than mere mommas and babes. So while she may not exactly be the love child of Helen Reddy?s roaring woman, it?s good to know the torch has been passed. 7/10 -- Jeff Penczak (26 September, 2007)