Newcomer Sara Groves has always wrestled with words. The former high school English teacher began singing as a side job, but found she had too much to say. So she left the academic world behind. Now she delivers Conversations, a collection of heartfelt songs that bring to mind Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan, but with deeply spiritual lyrics that convey complex truths in an amazingly simple way. Whether she's searching for God's voice in the midst of a big decision on "Hello, Lord" or offering comfort to a friend facing death on "What Do I Know," the heart of this Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter shines through. Despite the varied subject matter of Conversations, Sara's main message seems to be that we need to keep talking---about our faith, our fears, our foibles---so we can continue to grow.