Kilguss seems more interested in the act of performing than the effect it might have on people.
Though they tend to be a little more in touch with their emotions than most of us, dramatic personalities have their dark side, namely in the form of a public narcissism: you very often get the impression that these people aren't so much having bigger emotions than the lot of us as much they want us to care about their emotions more than we normally might. Though she's unquestionably dramatic, former-actress-turned-singer/songwriter Jessie Kilguss tends to display more of the latter than the former in Nocturnal Drifter, her second full-length. Opening with "Gristmill", an ode to life experience serving as artistic inspiration, Kilguss is roughly as self-involved throughout the album, whether that's lyrically or in her choice of music, which favors showing off her diverse ability -- to middling success -- over any kind of stylistic unity or thematic movement. Kilguss is a capable performer -- dramatic folk usually are -- but she seems more interested in the act of performing than the effect it might have on people, and Nocturnal Drifter doesn't have much traction because of it.