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Kathleen Edwards (born July 11, 1978 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter. Her 2003 debut album, Failer, contained the singles "Six O'Clock News" and "Hockey Skates".

Edwards, whose parents were diplomats, spent portions of her youth in Korea and Switzerland. At age 5, Edwards began classical violin studies that continued for the ... Read more in Amazon's Kathleen Edwards Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00007LV7B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. One More Song The Radio Won't Like 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hockey Skates 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Lone Wolf 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 12 Bellevue 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mercury 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Westby 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Maria 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. National Steel 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sweet Little Duck 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 

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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".

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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

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Milner on 22 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Anyone familiar with the alt-country genre will immediately recognise that this is what you get when you cross breed Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams. There's really not much more you can say except that if you like either of these artists then you will like this. An absolute cracker of a debut which is impeccably sung and played. At times it's catchy and at times it's moving but at all times it's a fine example of the genre.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wrighty on 9 Mar. 2004
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I have seen the previous reviews and having seen the comparisons between Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams and having had the privelege of seeing the three of them in the last twelve months I would say that the comparisons are right on the money. To be honest though, although the album is very good, it simply does not do justice to Kathleens (and her bands) charisma and urgency in a live performance. Buy the album by all means, you won't be disappointed, but to truly appreciate their talent catch them live if you can.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daeunert on 4 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not quite a country album, it is more a mix between Country and Folk. Though there are fast songs aswell it is a very quiet, romantic and authentic album with a dark athmosphere, similar to the likes of "Shivaree".
There are almost no fillers on this one, every song is full of athmosphere and melody. Very recommendable, esp. if you are looking for something to play either on a lonely evening by yourself or when you are looking for a romantic background to a rendez-vous.
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By Koos on 6 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD
The content of this record definitely doesn’t fit with the tittle. After more than 10 years after its release Kathleen’s debut “Failer” still stands as a rock, not only within the rootsrock scene. “Failer” is a very good collective of acoustic, semi-acoustic, electric band-performance and solo-performance songs. The different styles like folk, rock, singer-songwriter and country have been melted into this Canadian Americana record: A distinctive country sound, but don’t think about sweet country stuff.

“Six O’clock news” and “12 Bellevue” are the up-tempo catchy tunes, the latter containing even a hint of a ferocious, angry mood. Songs about the booze, bars, dirty girls, stupid man, relationships not going well. In many songs Kathleen looks like to describe different kind of characters. A beautiful example is to be found in “The lone wolf”. At the time of its release it was one of my less favorite songs. But during the years slowly the short-story-telling-way in this one started to catch me more and more. “He was the lone wolf you could see it in his eyes/The way he held his heart the way he held his lies”. It is an excellent tell-tale song having a short exciting story to tell within its 4m52sec.

Hockey is sport number one in Canada. Then it is very cool to hear a metaphoric lines in the beautiful, semi-slow “Hockey Skates” about a relationship that is not going to well: “I am so sick of consequence and the look on your face/I am tired of playing defense/ I don't even have hockey skates”. The song contains a gentle and subtle acceleration of the tempo in the chorus. “Sweet Lil’ Duck” is a very intimate acoustic song where it looks like Kathleen is singing the song especially for you alone.

Failer is a success.
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