Though she has remained active with frequent guest shots, including appearances on Walter Egan's Brooklyn Cowboy efforts, this is Joy Lynn White's first release since 1997's "The Lucky Few." White co-wrote 9 of thet 11 cuts, most with a decidedly dark feel.
"Keep This Love" explores a fading relationship in which the singer acknowledges that salvage attempts are futile ("We go in opposite directions/For the lack of true affection"), while "I'm Free" is the tale of a woman coming to terms with the aftermath of a bad relationship ("You can live your life in vain/Stealing hearts and leaving pain/Once I was blind but now I see"). "Love Sometimes" ("Love sometimes is like freedom/Sometimes it's like jail") and "Victim Of Love" ("I know what it feels like when your heart gets broke/How it hurts when you find out it was all a joke") reveal a similar negative perspective. The cover of Naomi Neville's "A Certain Boy" is perhaps the cheeriest sounding tune, though the singer's feelings of love remain unexpressed. While "Girls With Apartments In Nashville" avoids the complexities of love, it is a harsh examination of the isolation and hardships of pursuing Nashville dreams.
With White's powerful voice and thoughtful compositions, this is an impressive return.