Back to Me

Back to Me

by Kathleen Edwards
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Back to Me

Kathleen Edwards's second album finds the precocious singer-songwriting strengthening the talents she displayed on her dazzling debut, Failer, as the seemingly Beat-influenced scribe sharpens both her direct, ethically focused songs and her roots-inflected presentation. Back to Me roars out of the gate with the breathless "In State," all snarling, in-your-face guitars. The tune is a prequel to Failer's "Six O'clock News," and it finds Edwards fed up with a paramour who constantly runs afoul of the law and has at best an arm's-length relationship to the truth. Edwards is on her way to higher spiritual ground here, to a place where hope resides. This new mind-set is evident on the quiet meditation "Away," which finds Edwards employing her Lucinda-like drawl over the lonesome moan of pedal steel and her own delicate finger-picking as she looks toward a reunion with a long-sought lover. It's also palpable on the title track, when the band kicks in with some rock 'n' roll punch as Edwards asserts her intention to use all her charms, and then some, to get the man she wants. Brass and woodwinds lend a Beatles-like elegance to the lovely "Somewhere Else," and elsewhere she navigates confidently between rock and country-folk stylings, all the better to get her message across. That she does -- Back to Me marks three steps forward for this engaging talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Zoe Records
UPC: 0601143104725
catalogNumber: 431047

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathleen Edwards   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Strings,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Richard Bell   Piano,Accordion
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano
Gary Craig   Drums
John Dymond   Bass
Pierre Marchand   Piano
Eric Heywood   Pedal Steel Guitar
Colin Cripps   Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Xylophone,Slide Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Mandolin (Hammered)
Richard Underhill   Alto Saxophone
Jim Bryson   Vocals
Bryden Baird   Trumpet
Peter Von Althen   Tambourine,Shaker
Jim James   Vocals
William Carn   Trombone
Chris Gale   Tenor Saxophone
Joel Christopher Anderson   Percussion,Drums
Kevin McCarragher   Bass
Kevin McGarragher   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer
Peter Cash   Composer
Colin Cripps   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Richard Underhill   Brass Arrangment
Jim Bryson   Composer
Kathleen Edwards   Composer

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Back to Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Kathleen Edwards on the radio a few times with her Back To Me song, and eventually came across her album at my music store and gave it a try since I did take a liking to her song on the radio. I loved her sound too much to hesitate in buying the album. This album holds a lot of magic with strong guitars keeping you entertained, and a voice that although might sound dull on a song or two here (especially Good Things her voice seems to drag) can at other times be amazing (Independent Thief and Old Time Sake.) If she didn't have the moving and strong background music her album would come off dull with her not so amazing voice. Yet somehow she makes it work, so her voice comes off as solid and even beautiful at times, and keeps most of her songs at a great and enjoyable pace. Her lyrics are easy to relate to as well. I highly recommend this album- Kathleen is worth knowing. Best songs: Independent Thief, Old Time Sake, Summerlong, What Are You waiting For?, Away, and Copied Keys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago