As far as the guests go, many of them have done this long enough that they know what works just as well as Di Salvio does. Stephane Moraille sounds as soulful as she did back when she was wondering what the hell she was doing drinking in LA at 26. Coco Thompson helps “Drop Off” achieve a sassy snarl and Francesca Como gives “You” a sweetness that, were this group bigger, would have high-schoolers everywhere wanting to ask her to their Prom.
With occasional twinges of love, hope, and longing intertwined with all sorts of cool, The Garden essentially plays like the backdrop of a party featuring a get-together of all the college Drama kids. Before some fool ruins the artsy get-together by putting on Coldplay because they’re trying to convince you that they’re actually not trying to steal U2 blind. That’s when you cut out, put on The Garden in the car, and enjoy the vibe on the way somewhere else.