The saying that the third time’s a charm proves true here; Heather and producer Steve Fisk work with a template of electronic samples, pianos, and strings for an organic arrangement. The simplistic approach accentuates Duby’s ethereal vocal style all the more, making Come Across the River her most daring set of songs.

From the childlike loveliness of Golden Syrup, to the vaudevillian The Rare Vavoom, Duby’s concentration on each individual song reflects her own personal and professional growth. Emotion is loaded, however Duby’s not exclusively concerned with only feeling. A literary impression, whether it be romantic or humanistic or both, Make Me Insomnia and Providence are solid indications that Duby has truly found her place.

Come Across the River metaphorically supports Heather Duby’s rise beyond idealized expectations not only of critics, but of herself. She’s made one of the finest albums of her career.

– All Music Guide – MacKenzie Wilson.

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Release DateNovember 4, 2003
Recording LocationMeow Studios
Philosophy Of The World Recording
LabelSonic Boom Recordings


  • Vocals, Piano, Keyboards – Heather Duby
  • Written-By, Arranged By – Bo Gilliland, Erik Akre*, Heather Duby
  • Bass, Guitar, Keyboards – Bo Gilliland
  • Cello – Lori Goldston
  • Drums [Drums and Drum Sequencing] – Erik Akre*
  • Guitar – Brendan Titrud (tracks: 5), James Hampton (6) (tracks: 2)
  • Keyboards [Additional Keys] – Steve Fisk
  • Mastered By – Ed Brooks
  • Mixed By – Bo Gilliland, Erik Akre*, Heather Duby, Steve Fisk
  • Producer – Bo Gilliland, Erik Akre*, Heather Duby, Steve Fisk
  • Recorded By – Erik Akre*
  • Recorded By [Additional Recording] – Steve Fisk
  • Trumpet – Jason Parker


1Make Me Some Insomnia5:06
2Stamped Out4:00
3The Rare Vavoom3:06
4Your Blue Shoes3:55
6The Big Dwindle3:57
7Coin Jar3:40
8Three Miles3:32
9Auto Immune2:21
10Golden Syrup4:08