Though a bit more somber musically, Perfect City has the same qualities that made Kasey Chambers' The Captain and Amy Rigby's Diary of a Mod Housewife hoist cartoon exclamation points over listeners' heads. Produced by the ubiquitous Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Perfect City has the kind of spaces and nods that let Dore's crackly voice work its magic. When she performs one of the saddest Christmas songs ever, or when she laments, tongue in cheek, that she might now be too old to make it, Dore sings words she understands deeply and truly. She's not country, but she can do country, as the "Everything I Dreamed," about the demise of the aforementioned everything, makes clear. Dore might be one-song-on-a-Sopranos-episode away from stardom; Perfect City is a slow burner, and its songs just keep hanging on.