Brilliance After The Breakup
Kathleen Edwards piles on another reason to be jealous of Canada with Back To Me, a quietly intense album. This isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t the screaming rage of early Alanis nor the sugary sweetness of teen stars. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s somewhere in the middle, and slightly above the rest as well. Edwardsâ€šÃ„Ã´ writing exposes a multi-dimensional, independent woman complemented by the music she plays. This isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t something found often in recent music.The most beautiful moment on the record is â€šÃ„ÃºAway,â€šÃ„Ã¹ a sweet song showcasing Edwardsâ€šÃ„Ã´ vocal talent as she reflects on changes that have occurred back home while she was traveling. The varied emotions she manages to pack into the word â€šÃ„Ãºawayâ€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„Ã¬ wistfulness, regret, curiosity, and even hope â€šÃ„Ã¬ are amazing.
Back To Me is not a true â€šÃ„Ãºbreakupâ€šÃ„Ã¹ album, though it deals with the aftermath of a relationshipâ€šÃ„Ã´s end. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s just that this record is more about an acceptance and sense of forward progression that comes after turmoil and angst. This barely perceptible difference changes the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s dynamic a great deal, giving the overall songwriting a more hopeful tone.
Even the more rocking tracks show the maturity in Edwardsâ€šÃ„Ã´ work. As â€šÃ„ÃºOld Times Sakeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ progresses, the sonic layers build upon each other, creating a complete sound which complements the superb writing.
The lyrics to â€šÃ„ÃºSummer Longâ€šÃ„Ã¹ exemplify Edwards honest self-reflection – â€šÃ„ÃºAll the nights and wasted time/Trying to get my head to change its mind/All the talk of what it could be/When it never was.â€šÃ„Ã¹
At twenty-five there can only be more good things expected from Edwards in the future, but in the meantime Back To Me should be more than enough to keep listeners satisfied.