WITH the release of her fourth album next month, Sandi Thom's realising a major reinvention from her debut in 2006.

Merchants and Thieves looks set to bring Thom back to the fore as a blues sensation; the first single This Ol' World topped the iTunes blues chart way before its physical release a fortnight ago.

Although she might not be the same sweet girl-next-door that charmed her way to number one with folk-pop hit I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair), the new, edgier Thom is a little reluctant to forego her old image entirely.


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