Considering the three-year delay since Jane Siberry
's previous release (which reportedly saw one completed album scrapped altogether), Siberry
had obviously gone through some intense soul-searching to determine where her muse was to take her next. Judging by When I Was a Boy
, she ended up retreating to some neutral ground that drew on several elements of her previous work without really taking things anywhere new. This is a very personal, introspective album, its intimate textures consistent with the ambient work that production collaborators Brian Eno
and Michael Brook
were well known for, and even average Siberry
was still better than most of what was foisted on the public as female vocalist pop circa this album's release in 1993.