Timbre is technically a reissue of an album first heard via Columbia last year, an incarnation that barely made a dent on the street.

Timbre is technically a reissue of an album first heard via Columbia last year, an incarnation that barely made a dent on the street. Now available via Hawkins' own Trumpet Swan imprint, the set boasts an enhanced bonus disc filled with several previously unreleased tunes and videoclips for the cuts "No Connection" and "The One You Have Not Seen." Much of the project's core remains fresh and challenging. Hawkins has always had a sharp ear for accessible hooks, but Timbre also affirms her talent for crafting unique rhythms and methods of presentation that are ahead of the pop curve. It might take a moment to fully digest tunes like the complex yet warmly atmospheric "Walking in My Blue Jeans" or the jarring, Patti Smith-inflected "The Darkest Childe." But once you do, it will be harder to revisit the musings of the more run-of-the-mill confessional singer/songwriters from which Hawkins was spawned—and has wisely evolved from.—LF