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Empty Threat
A Soft Place To Land
Change The Sheets
House Full Of Empty Rooms
Pink Champagne
Going To Hell
For The Record
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 44:22

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Peter Blackstock was co-founder/co-editor of No Depression magazine from 1995-2008. He is co-author of SXSW Scrapbook (Essex Press, 2011), an informal history o...more »

Finding both a new companion and herself
2012 | Label: New Rounder

The too-obvious shorthands here – given that this album was produced by her new beau Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) in the wake of her marital split from her longtime guitarist Colin Cripps – is that this is Kathleen Edwards’s “indie rock” record and her “divorce” record. Both may be true, but only to a point, and neither gets to the heart of Edwards’s voyage on Voyageur. Though Vernon has an imposing indie pedigree, it’s… read more »

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Voyageur by Kathleen Edwards


Love it...just gave it one listen, but going back for more!

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Oh Canada! Here comes Kathleen


Austin City Limits, thank you for introducing me to Kathleen Edwards in 2010! And on this record to add Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) and Nora Jones, two of my favorite artists as collaborators, it just keeps getting better. Singing with a tugging and endearing emotion that is both raw and real, she breathes life into her songs. Her lovely voice, lilting at times to an ethereal, soaring, sweep... brings both joy and revelation. Justin adds an almost spiritual quality at times that works well to elevate Kathleen's already sublime sound to a new and exciting level. I call it "indie electronica" (a good thing!) Change the Sheets is a good example of this. Not a bad track on the album, with once again, great songwriting and superb musicianship. Superb guitar work, and the Hammond B3 is just GOLD. Kudo's Kathleen & band, great record, one of my new favorites. Kathleen, Nora and Justin, Thank you!

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Voyageur by Kathleen Edwards


Emotions on her sleeve, Kathleen sings of love, and loss, and redemption. Highly recommended! I don't think she can top this.

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Kathleen Edwards "Voyageur"


"Indie rock", or "divorce", or whatever label you like to put on this album to define or describe it is probably appropriate in one way or another. "Change The Sheets" is simple and amazing... I hope I can write music that well someday. Great album overall and a good way to introduce yourself to her work.

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New Directions in Sound & Geography


Tremendous songs which convey a wealth of emotions, built using less twang, tough but lush arrangements, giving the listener a sense that while the events that inspired the muse were fraught with regrets and tears, there is also an anticipation of new adventures, the infuse the overall vibe.

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I started listening to Ms. Edwards because I found the (extremely) rare "Building 55" and fell in love with the guitar (Colin really IS a good guitarist) and with her husky, smoky voice. "Injustica" and "Wordgamething" are exceptional songs with heart, melody, and beauty, sung from the soul. "5 years" is, without reservation, one of the best songs of the past 30 years, filled with angst, anger and anxiety, also sung by someone who lives and loves music. That is, unfortunately, gone from this album. I can't think of who she sounds like because she sounds like every other earthy post-folk woman singing today. It is sad. Music, and musicians, are protean, and that is generally a good thing. In this case, however, Justin Vernon took what was beautiful and unique and changed it boring and cookie-cutter. Sorry Kathleen, you have the skills to write and sing truly awesome songs. Just...ditch the producer.

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Skip this voyage


Asking for flowers is a masterpiece and this album is a major disappointment. The music and the lyrics are missing the ingredients that made me love her [music].

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Q&A: Kathleen Edwards

By Rachael Maddux, Contributor

"Looking back, it was such a dumb idea," Kathleen Edwards sings on her new album, a line that sounds kind of dumb itself when it's typed out, but that in context - between laments for a lonely marriage and the ill-advised wedding that spawned it - renders "Pink Champagne" the most gutting track on Edwards's fourth record Voyageur, possibly of her entire catalog. In a general way that song, and the entire album, are about Edwards's… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards has different kinds of traveling in mind on her album Voyageur. There is the geographic kind, of course, but also the journey through the seasons of nature, and, especially, the trip a love affair represents from its beginning to end. Edwards seems to be in transit right from the start, at least in terms of intentions, with the folk-pop leadoff track proclaiming, “I’m movin’ to America,” before the singer quickly adds, “It’s an empty threat.” Still, that’s a good representation of the themes of the record, as Edwards explores troubled feelings, often expressing dissatisfaction with a lover she is simultaneously obsessed with and unhappy about. “I don’t want to feel this way,” she says on the slow, ethereal “Pink Champagne,” but by the next song she is declaring, “Anywhere you go, I’ll follow,” even though the song is called “Going to Hell.” The folk and rock arrangements, sometimes ambient, sometimes reminiscent of Sheryl Crow (especially the deliberately paced electric guitar rocker “Mint”), support Edwards’ listless, melancholy soprano singing, which in turn reflects her unhappiness and pessimism. It all culminates in the seven-minute “For the Record,” on which she simultaneously compares her suffering with the passion of Christ and dismisses it as simply her chosen profession. “Hang me up on your cross,” she sings, “For the record, I only wanted to sing songs.” She manages to sing through her torment on Voyageur, in hope that the journey is ultimately redemptive. – William Ruhlmann

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