The album's best single moment comes in the finishing track, though. "Lightning Storm" brings in a nostalgic vibe that moves the tune in an alt-country direction. There's a joyful bounce in the backing rhythm that's infectious and the world Allen conjures with "it all started in the/Moonlight/Sitting in the treetops/Summertime/Feels like all the world stops" is absolutely a place I'd like to hang out in for a while.

The way something like a Maine accent peeks through in the way she pronounces "storm" here is kind of endearing, too, as is the four-note descending melody that occupies the fade-out.

The whole thing is endearing, really. One can only hope it doesn't take two years to get another five songs out of her.

NEPTUNE | Released by Amy Allen | at the Empire, in Portland | May 25 |  amyallenmusic.com

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