It's been roughly 20 years since Goffin last released a solo album; well, she's back with a captivating journey of personal introspection.

It's been roughly 20 years since Goffin last released a solo album; well, she's back with a captivating journey of personal introspection. Sometimes a Circle mixes blues, funk, pop, and rock to create an always interesting—sometimes edgy—group of songs. The title track, sung with Goffin's silky voice, contains a catchy, very truthful chorus ("Sometimes a circle seems like a direction") that analyzes the feeling of ending up right back where you started from. Other highlights include "What If I Were Talking to Me" and "Just Bone and Breadth." Goffin, the daughter of legendary songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, began recording demos for the album while eight months' pregnant and without a record deal in sight. Her determined spirit is in abundance here.—JP