After fooling with the home tape deck for the last couple of years, desert dreamer Victoria Williams finally got the green light to create an album with the production values she envisioned, and she didn't waste the opportunity.
The self-produced Water To Drink is her most accomplished work to date. Thanks to the gorgeous string arrangements of Van Dyke Parks and the sensitive accompaniment of a brilliant support cast, including David Piltch, Greg Leisz, Don Heffington, JC Hopkins and Petra Haden, the album should help lift Williams across the folk margins. Her seductively scatting take on Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa floater Agua De Beber could be the club hit of the summer. TP