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Back to Me

Kathleen Edwards

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Album Review

Judging from the songs on Kathleen Edwards' sophomore album, Back to Me, this is one gal who's had some unpleasant run-ins with Cupid over the years, and she's not afraid to talk about 'em. Back to Me comes charging out of the gate with "In State," in which a woman spits with no small amount of venom that she's glad her outlaw boyfriend has been sent up the river for 20 years, and the album doesn't get a whole lot more optimistic about affairs of the heart as it goes along. But Back to Me never comes off as bitter for its own sake — sounding as if it were recorded under the influence of warm bourbon and a gray sky, the album is long on plain-spoken emotions and tough-talking guitars, but there's a fragile undertow beneath Edwards' flinty veneer that often rises to the surface, and the album's frequent bouts with bad karma are leavened by songs such as the sadly nostalgic "Pink Emerson Radio," the heartbreak of "Old Times Sake," and the title cut, in which Edwards shows her man she can give as good as she gets. Edwards' songs are well served by producer and guitarist Colin Cripps, and her road band gives the music plenty of rich sonic detail (and guest musicians Benmont Tench and Eric Heywood lend a valuable assist). Back to Me is a powerful and affecting album from an artist who is quickly establishing herself as a major talent.

Customer Reviews

Songs for all seasons

I had wanted to download this album after not quite grasping 30 seconds of preveiws, when low and behold my aunt in Canada sent a copy as a birthday present because she enjoyed the album and they both live in the same town! It has since become my album of 2005 and perhaps one of my all-time favorites. Kathleen Edwards writes with depth and an integrity that create simple honest songs of a life lived, sung with an exquisite voice that will make your spine tingle. Old time sake is a hauntingly beautiful song about loves lost, but this album is not full of heartbreaking ballads or happy ditties. It is simply a stunning album that begs to be heard.

listen to this all summer long

there are some things i can hardly say i wanna stay i wanna stay

Back again

This girl owes more than a nod of the head to Bic Runga. Still great stuff, though.

Biography

Born: 1979 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A fixture on the Americana landscape, Kathleen Edwards was born in Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of foreign service parents who played piano and guitar in their spare time. At five, Edwards began to study classical violin, which continued through her early teens. At that point, the Edwards family moved overseas. Removed from the influence of mainstream North American pop music, Edwards delved into her older brother's collection of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and early Tom Petty records....
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