"This is Always" is a pure dose of nostalgia. This is very much unlike recent albums of Paula West or Cassandra Wilson who re-interpret classic popular music within a contemporary context and, by doing so, provide a nuanced view of the past. Sayre does not so much interpret but mimic the styles of yesteryear. One has heard the songs before, and Rebecca Sayre sings the songs just how one expects it to sound. There are no surprises, but it is lovely music nonetheless.