True story: when I ran into Melanie Durrant at a party in 2003 and told her one of her earlier songs, Housework, was great, she looked at me like I had worms. With that interaction in mind, it's a bonus testament to the goodness of Durrant's first album that I'm giving it such a high rating. Where I'm Goin' is simple but highly rewarding, and though Durrant covers accessible topics, she sounds original and versatile. Credit both the tasteful production by Rahmel and Durrant's voice, which retains some of the Holidayesque qualities that made Housework so appealing. The Black Jays-inspired Nancy Sinatra cover Bang Bang, featuring Kardinal, is sharper than one of Uma's blades, and the only dud is the Common collabo title track, last heard in a PT Cruiser ad.