Colin McComb wrote about the album in Outburn magazine:
A second recording session in Duluth followed fairly quickly and Hour of the Trace was released in the fall of 1999. Far from a repeat of the debut album, it featured a twenty minute long instrumental track called "How Our Perception of Distance is Changed With Each Passing Hour". Laced with feedback and crunchy guitars, Hour of the Trace marked Jessica Bailiff as far more than the sum of her influences or collaborators. The Wire noted that Hour of the Trace "has a rare, dislocated air: drums that softly beat to nowhere, guitars hovering in suspension."
There were some shows with a band Jessica Bailiff put together and appearances on singles and compilations. The third, self-titled album was recorded at home in Toledo, OH with some help from Jesse Edwards and Noel Keese. There is a more direct and intimate feel to the recording, some of the layers of guitar have been stripped back, piano has been added to direct the melodies of some songs and an instrument called the violin-uke takes the point in directing some songs.
As Sean Hammond noted in Fake Jazz;
Following a European tour and an outing on the west coast, Jessica Bailiff devoted much of 2003 to completing her long distance collaboration with David Pearce in clear horizon. And although clear horizon is very much an ongoing concern (with face-to-face recording sessions taking place between Bailiff and Pearce), Jessica Bailiff continues to write and record her own music.