I’m always frustrated when a record is finished before I’ve drained my coffee; I rarely feel like I know a musician from a scant forty of music. Jenny Whiteley’s latest album serves as reminder that quality is worth more than quantity. The 10 tracks on Forgive Or Forget finish pretty quickly and I’d like to hear more, but her sincere storytelling across stirring roots melodies delivers the full package. With four years since her last release, Forgive Or Forget draws on a rich well of love won and lost. It’s also the product of skilled musicians whose guitars and backing vocals weave a framework that opens up Whiteley’s poignant tunes. I loved her upbeat determination on “Slack.” Whiteley’s heartbreaking honesty on “Day Without Words” is haunting, as she recounts that, “to beat the blues / I’ve worn out my shoes.” A road well travelled.