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Singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards moves beyond roots-rock on her fourth release. Lush production and a full, robust sound give Voyageur a different scope and feel than her previous work, with her usual stripped-down arrangements replaced by layers of organ, tremolo guitars, and thick vocal harmonies. Her songwriting is equally ambitious. There’s palpable weariness in these songs but also a desire for catharsis. The delicate “A Soft Place to Land” and “House Full of Empty Rooms” deal directly with heartbreak, while the music's urgency in “Chameleon/Comedian” and “Going to Hell” contrast the vulnerable vocals. The forlorn “Pink Champagne” features hazy ambient noise, the orchestral “Change the Sheets” builds to a full-blown chorus, and “Sidecar” and “Mint” come closest to the guitar-based Americana she’s best known for. Coproduced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Voyageur does carry some trademarks of his sound (namely the sonic density), yet it’s clearly Edwards’ show.

Customer Reviews

another move in the right direction...

I was so excited to see that Kathleen had a new CD coming out (I've been a fan since 'Back To me'), that I pre-ordered it.

I had read some reviews that her 'new sound' was disappointing. I got worried - did she sell out?

Then I saw her (and the new CD) featured on I streamed the album on my computer - I couldn't have been more happy!

Her songwriting ability is still the same, but the sound (and production) is a little different. Which is fantastic!

All artists need to experiment to evolve, or they become a one-trick pony.

Kathleen Edwards has done it again...

Her most polished and evolved album to date!!!

Kathleen Edwards is one of those incredible artists who is able to elevate the conflicts, emotions and stories of ordinary life to a truly engrossing and meaningful listening experience. Although this is mostly a break-up album, she is able to infuse many of her darker lyrics with a silver lining of hope. The result? An uplifting album that relates to normal people. 'Voyageur' remains simple even through its smart, poetic lyrics and brilliant music.

On a technical side, the soundscape and compositions on this album are probably the most evolved since Kathleen Edwards' debut, 'Failer.' Vocally, she is 100 percent spot on, and sounds even better than she did on her previous three albums.

In the end, its interesting—completely human and delightful. A must buy!

A voyage of change

There's just something about a relationship gone sour that sometimes brings out the best in an artist. With her marriage to longtime producer Colin Cripps on the rocks, Kathleen Edwards decided to shift gears on this, her fourth album, going from her signature alt-country sound to a more haunting, introspective, but still tuneful and hook-laden sound - and it's a winner. Not that Edwards' first three albums were slouches by any means. She proved herself a first-rate singer/songwriter from the get-go with 2003's "Failer" and just kept improving and honing her writing skills, leading to her classic storytelling disc "Asking for Flowers." But the stories of "Flowers" were those of others, and Edwards' latest "Voyageur" seems more autobiographical and rife with symbolism. Edwards also reached out for the first time for a song writing assist, enlisting the help of The Long Winters' John Roderick (overdue for a record of his own) and getting some studio help from Bon Ivor's Justin Vernon (her current beau). But as always, tying the album together is Edwards' distinctively beautiful voice and creative and touching writing. I recommend "Voyageur" highly, but if you must cherry-pick, top songs are "Change the Sheets," "Empty Threat," and the heart-wrenching "House Full of Empty Rooms." As an aside, Twitter members should immediately follow Kathleen Edwards @KittyTheFool. Her late night Christmas Eve tweet was one of the funniest of the year.


Born: 1979 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A fixture on the Americana landscape, Kathleen Edwards was born in Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of foreign service parents who played piano and guitar in their spare time. At five, Edwards began to study classical violin, which continued through her early teens. At that point, the Edwards family moved overseas. Removed from the influence of mainstream North American pop music, Edwards delved into her older brother's collection of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and early Tom Petty records. After high school,...
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