Unabashed folkie Amy Campbell gets ambitious on her solo studio debut, a gorgeously packaged two-disc set complete with a booklet entitled Metanoia that appears to document - in Campbell's poetic prose and charming illustrations - the themes at play: love lost by choice, self-discovery, the open road, fleeing a small city for a large one. (The Newfoundlander lived in Halifax for many years before settling in Toronto.)
Campbell's voice is warm and inviting, her guitar-playing deft and her lyrics emotionally naked. The verbose songs, however, lack forward momentum, sticking to mid-ranges and medium-to-slow tempos. Straightforward pairing of acoustic guitar and vocals predominates, making the touches of dobro, glock, percussion and strings welcome. This album may not command attention, but it still gets you on Campbell's side.
Top track: Habit