The fourth studio release from the Boston singer/songwriter is an interesting experiment. Delmhorst decided to take a series of poems written largely in the 1800s and the early 20th century and use these as the starting point for the album's songs. Some were merely the building blocks for a song, and others were the original poem set to music. Source poets include Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, e e cummings, and more. But lest you think this might sound academic or that the approach might somehow drain Delmhorst's music of her past rich melodies, the opposite is actually true. Delmhorst sounds more energized by the project, and indeed, rocks out more than on her last album, Songs for a Hurricane from 2003. Strange Conversation is a showcase of great performance and inventive songwriting, and worthy of many listens.