Two years after her strong second-place finish, Theresa Sokyrka, potentially the most-famous Canadian Idol runner-up ever, launched her second album, Something Is Expected. After releasing her first CD, These Old Charms, barely a year before, frankly, nothing was "expected" from the folksy songstress. Sokyrka's first album was a mediocre collection of drums and folk strings blended with tepid covers. On Something Is Expected, Sokyrka serves a collection of new works, no covers to be had. Perhaps this is the first nice change: Sokyrka is a strong songwriter, whose sugary, raspy vocals help to bring her musical gems to great heights. However, where on the first album she relied on little musical assistance, on the second, she permits herself to fall under the influence of some of the big voices of singers whom she's idolized throughout the years, such as Sarah McLachlan and Jann Arden. Thus, the album is much more accessible to a wider audience; the music isn't as limiting as Sokyrka's first attempt at recording. This isn't a copycat album, but almost a modern adaptation to the classics that Sokyrka has idolized. Overall, the collection is a strong reflection of not only Sokyrka's songwriting skills (she wrote 12 of the 13 songs on the album), but of her vocals as well. Here she's synthesized contemporary music while still being indulgent, and the result is an impressive presentation of music from an artist whose limelight was assumed to have burnt out a long time ago. She's still going strong.
AllMusic Review by Matthew Chisling