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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

Who is this strange woman and why is she singing at me?

I have no idea how I encountered Kathleen Edwards.

The mystery of the Internet.

She's Canadian, she's got a deep and seductive voice, she writes smart lyrics that are somewhat cynical. Her songs are extremely catchy. I don't know which one of her records I would recommend most but if you listen to the samples you get what I mean.

She's really, really good. I like her songs a lot.


So many great songs on this album. "What are you Waiting for" is one of the best angry songs of all time. "Copied Keys" really paints a nice, depressing picture that you can really identify with...not me:) "In State", "Summerlong" and "Back to Me" are great catchy rockin songs. Thats what I like about this album...she might be singing about stuff that's bumming her out, but theres a touch of humor in there...and she uses the guitar in her songs as an exclamation point. A definite buy.


Kathleen’s combination of emotional vulnerability in her songwriting combined with raw vocals and flawless guitar by Colin makes this one of one of the best albums ever recorded. There are few artists that achieve this level of perfection.


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. After high school,...
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