Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" of the late '80s, keeping the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin's debut record won a Grammy in 1991, but it was 1997’s, "Sunny Came Home," that catapulted her into the mainstream. Music critics liken her to Suzanne Vega, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, and Emmylou Harris. Colvin drew praise for her profound and personal songwriting, which is, according to Martin Johnson of New York Newsday, " a startlingly articulate chronicle of the pain of adult love," while, as Darryl Morden of the Hollywood Reporter noted, there is "a child-wonder in Colvin's writing that balances out her more serious work." The Hudson Current described her voice as "fragile as antique glass, sultry as smoke," "bouncy," "hypnotic," "supple," and "so soft it's like breathing cotton." As Peter Howell observed in the Toronto Star, "Her voice wraps itself around you, like a favorite song heard on a car radio during a long night ride home."