Campbell spent the next few years straightening his life out and recording two albums with the rock band White Buffalo, which featured musicians who had helped him record his debut album. Campbell returned to the EMI stable when he signed a new contract with the Safehouse imprint. His second album was recorded at the artist’s home studio with Campbell playing every instrument except the bass himself. Released at the end of 2007, Joy staked out a mellower direction than his debut album and embraced a more mature outlook on life. This direction was maintained on the quickly released follow-up, After The Garden, which saw Campbell straying into David Gray territory.