‘Backroads’ is a hard-edged, brutally honest confessional that looks at Spiegel’s life outside of music. The album is lyrically clever with words that paint Spiegel’s everyday life – women on the corner, and kicking around with mates. Lyrics such as,“I’m on the corner ’cause I’m passing through. It ain’t love it’s just a thing we do.” and “I’m meeting Tony at the Polka Dot Lounge and I come for the kick around” give a glimpse into what sounds like life on the road as a muso. Spiegel has reinvented his sound for this album, becoming more rock-focused with an infusion of blues. The segments of electric guitar instrumentals give the album a rock edge, whilst still incorporating all of the bluesy elements Spiegel is loved for.