EMI – 2005 – 46 minutes

Three years on from 'Night on My Side', Gemma Hayes has released a follow-up that should secure her place as one of Ireland's most talented singer-songwriters.

From opening track 'Two Step' it's evident that 'The Roads Don't Love You' is a more poppy offering from Hayes. There are elements of rock and country here too and it's clear that Hayes is aiming to return to the music scene with a bang. She succeeds too, with tracks like 'Another for the Darkness' and 'Something in My Way' giving us plenty to sing along to.

You could say that the album has been crafted to ensure more commercial success than her debut, but there's no detracting from the quality of Hayes' lyrics. Her voice too is a joy to listen to.

If it takes another three years to produce another collection of this quality, Hayes' fans will surely be content to wait.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Two Step – Another for the Darkness – Happy Sad – Easy on the Eye – Keep Me Here – Undercover – Nothing Can – Helen – Something in My Way – Horses – Tomorrow