Since debut album "Threads" Ruth seems to have grown up ( albeit to adulthood now, she was sixteen when she did "Threads" ), and I cannot think of a more eagerly awaited second album of songs both originally written or covers ( there are three superb covers , including a delicious French language version of Bob Dylan's " If you've got to go, go now " - " Si Tu Dois Partir " ). To be able to write pure story telling to music is a gift and to do so at the age of eighteen years , and not be bewitched by the trappings of fame , is all down to honest , hard working perfection. Ruth doesn't just write and sing good songs which tell happy and sometimes sad stories, she delivers it with soul-felt pathos and wittiness which , unlike mainstream songwriters and performers ( who are sometimes so far up their own paths ), I believe she does with pleasure and minimal effort ( though I mean that in a respectful way ). The songs are twelve dishes on a michelin starred menu which makes a choice very, very difficult indeed....maybe a small portion of each, and then take each one as a whole to savour; my personal favourite ( I am no food critic, though I do sense a brilliant song when I hear it ), is "Holding On" which I understand was written by Ruth for her sister Amy. It makes me weep , it is so poignant and heartfelt. But again, I then listen to the other eleven songs and realise I must give them all an equal amount of playing time. So like I said earlier, I cannot grow tired of Ruth Notman, and I hope her third album is not so far away......though I'm sure she is a perfectionist, and I will have to wait until she is ready!