Speaking of how the album first came to be made, in November 2008 Gardot told noted United Kingdom jazz/soul writer Pete Lewis of Blues & Soul that: "It was created independently of a record company. It was made privately. So my only intention, or my only goal, was to make a record that at the end of the day I was happy with. And the way that the instrumentation was decided on was based on what I heard in my head, and what I thought would feel the best. So I guess having it released is kinda like having somebody publish your diary in a way!"
The tracks "Wicked Ride", "Some Lessons" and "Goodnite" were re-recorded for this album and are not the versions that appear in the Some Lessons EP. The 2006 independent release has a longer running time of 41:40 as it included the new version of "Wicked Ride", as well as the hidden track "Sorry State", which were removed when release under Verve Records. The album cover and track listing were changed for a promotional release in 2007 and again for its eventual and final release in 2008 under the label.