Nostalgia is the word on my lips as I take in the flood of new releases this season, and Sandrine’s Dark Fades into the Light is no exception. Bringing to mind that ’70s “Solid Gold” sound that filled the AM dial airwaves with the likes of Janis Ian and Carly Simon, her airy voice flutters over gentle easy listening mood music with gritty sincerity.

The problem here is that Sandrine suffers from inconsistency. While she doesn’t quite match the songwriting caliber of Ian or Simon, she comes pretty damn close on songs like “Prove Me Wrong,” “Julietta” and “Love and Pain,” where her storytelling capabilities really shine.

Grade: B

Dark Fades into the Light is currently available.