Independent Records – 2005 – 48 minutes

Canadian Kathleen Edwards' second album 'Back to Me' is her first Irish release. It's a folk/rock offering that shows initial promise, but descends into blandness quickly.

Her primary focus is on change, with 'Away', 'Somewhere Else' and 'Copied Keys' focussing on opening a new chapter in life and being away from loved ones. 'Old Time Sake' and 'Summerlong' focus on regret and wishing things could be different.

Opening tracks 'In State' and 'Back to Me' show Edwards at her best. Her defiance, bitterness and determination are palpable and the songs are catchy and infectious. Unfortunately, she never manages to carry that momentum through the rest of the album.

With 'Pink Emerson Radio' she seems to run out of steam and that presence from the first two songs never materialises again fully. It comes close on the catchy 'What Are You Waiting For?', but the rest of the album disappoints as Edwards seems to be just going through the motions.

There's a decided lack of energy as the album draws to a close and there's ultimately not a lot to remember here.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: In State – Back to Me – Pink Emerson Radio – Independent Thief – Old Time Sake – Summerlong – What Are You Waiting For? – Away – Somewhere Else – Copied Keys – Good Things