2012 is a good year to be Missy Higgins and a great year to be an artist from the Southern hemisphere in general. Higgins has been doing her thing for some time now. But The Ol' Razzle Dazzle is a tightened, finely tuned version of her winsome adult-alt pop-rock. It helps that Higgins, with her sensual, husky alto, can sing anything: sultry Southern blues-rock ("Watering Hole"), country ("If I'm Honest"), even a bit of disco ("Temporary Love"). It also helps that she made good friends with one Gotye, so maybe Americans will finally get in on her solid, lovely sound.