Esperanza Spalding has a rare blend of virtuosity and creative-songwriting. In music it is tough to become a world-class instrumentalist while also maintaining some sense of general understanding of sound as a whole. This is particularly evident in progressive-rock, a genre more interested in creating something hard to play than something digestible to the listener. Through the use of her muse, Emily, Spalding has found a fantastic aesthetic that capitalizes on her extensive jazz vocabulary without become dissonant or obnoxious in soundscape. A month into its release, I have grown found of certain songs over others, but I think the album is very good overall and it signifies an important step into unknown territories.