Following the singer on her journey is like plunging into one of Norman Davies’s books about redrawing the map of Europe. Carr wants us to look east, specifically to Poland, her mother’s homeland. Ambitious, quirky and rich in folk melodies, the vignettes give us a glimpse into the psyche of a country that has maintained its sanity – and its sense of humour – in the face of endless turmoil. Carr’s pure, unaffected voice rises to the challenge, and the arrangements (featuring violin, cello, keyboards, brass and whistle) are never less than immaculate.