Canadian alt. Country singer, Kathleen Edwards has started to build up quite a following with her rootsy, country folk-pop. Already been compared to Lucindia Williams without the twang, Edwards is on a fast track to success. Kathleen Edwards delivers each song on this album with a down-to-earth style rarely seen in today's music, just check out the downbeat and brilliant "National Steel" or the uptempo "12 Bellevue".
While it may take a few listens for some of the material on Failer
to sink in, Kathleen Edwards plainly has attitude to burn and a killer band to back it up. As a rootsy artist who sings about sexual attraction and betrayal with a languid breathiness, she inevitably has been tagged a younger Lucinda Williams
, but it would make as much sense to describe her as an alt-country Ani DiFranco
or a female Ryan Adams
. What's most powerful in her music, however, seems to come from a deeper, more personal place than the study of other artists: from the violent climax of "Six O'Clock News" to the bitter resignation of "Hockey Skates" to the buoyantly rocking resilience of "12 Bellevue" to the offhand sensuality of "Westby". Plainly, she's unconcerned with ruffling feathers, titling one number "One More Song the Radio Won't Like" and elsewhere asking the musical question "Do you think your boys' club will crumble just because of a loudmouth girl?" --Don McLeese