A noted tunesmith and performer in France, Keren Ann makes her English-language debut with Not Going Anywhere, which balances crisp acoustic pop with tasteful arrangements that suggest French icons Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. Her breathy voice is small, but her whispers carry resonance, riding the crest of lyrics rife with emotional turbulence. The Israeli-born singer-songwriter (neé Keren Ann Zeidel) evokes the unstudied charm of Astrud Gilberto on songs such as "Seventeen" and the billowy "Spanish Song Bird." She makes the most of her limited range with tantalizing arrangements, which range from the spare "Sit in the Sun" -- a lament for a love cut short, delivered in a quavering voice, the lapping sounds of the tide acting as both rhythm section and lulling balm -- to the more ambitious "Sailor & Widow," which suggests Suzanne Vega with a plainspoken vocal, buzzing electric guitar bits, and an insistent rhythm. Keren Ann's voice and production may appeal to an older audience, even as some songs speak of youthful themes, such as the agony of young love on the winsome "Seventeen" and the intensity of a first physical encounter on "Right Now & Right Here," which escalates as its arrangement builds to incorporate strings, woodwinds, harpsichord, and a towering female chorus. Whether recalling the melancholy folk of Nick Drake on the lovely title cut or flexing a bit of jazz muscle on the slithering "Road Bin," Keren Ann has introduced herself to a new audience in fine, haunting style.