Jenn - you're right, it *is* very mellow, which in my mind is not necessarily bad. I love the production and the use of non-traditional instruments (for a pop record anyway).
I guess the thing I find myself cringing over the most are some of the lyrics. They seem to cross the line from touching and sweet to sugary and sickly way too often for my taste.
I love the lyrics from Drive - I think her writing on that album was fresh and mature and original. The new songs strike me as being very similar to other artists, like she is suffering from a kind of identity crisis.
Funnily enough I feel the same about Beth Orton's new Daybreaker CD - loved her first two but her new one leaves me cold in the same way that Bic's does. Unique talent and creativity has made way for overly droll sugary music best suited to US commerical radio.
Each to their own I guess . .