Though all of these artists have their own cross/stereotype to bear, Marshall's problem stems from her image as a shrieking, crazed woman frequently prone to breaking down in tears in concert. Anyone who listens to her music will understand that her songs are more than mere ramblings from an autumnal Ophelia. On albums like this year's You Are Free, she is beautiful, tortured; her words are fragmented, cut to the bone. Listening to her is like traveling to a place not of this world. It is a journey worth taking, no matter how dark the path grows.