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Voyageur [CD]

Kathleen Edwards Audio CD
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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 (23 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Mint 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
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Voyageur is the fourth studio album from acclaimed Canadian musician Kathleen Edwards. Co-produced by Kathleen and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, it was recorded between August 2010 and May 2011 in Fall Creek, Wisconsin and Toronto. In addition to Vernon--who provides backing vocals and plays guitar, piano, organ, bass, banjo and xylophone--the ten-track LP includes guest appearances from Francis and the Lights, Norah Jones, Stornoway, John Roderick, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Sean Carey (Bon Iver), Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier).

BBC Review

Despite being feted in her Canadian homeland since her debut album in 2003 – she was shortlisted in 2008 for the Polaris, their equivalent of the Mercury Prize – Europe is only now waking up to the charms of Kathleen Edwards with the release of her fourth album. That Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver, is Voyageur’s co-producer has much to do with that, but to confine its appeal to his involvement is to risk undervaluing a genuinely touching, easily accessible collection of songs.

Vernon is Edwards’ current partner as well as musical collaborator, and it’s easy to infer that he is also the subject of a number of these songs – lines like "Out of the cameras and the lights / You’re a chameleon" lend themselves to conjecture – but, either way, Voyageur is full of ruminations on love and loss. Lyrically it’s never quite as poetically penetrative as one might hope, but it is spotted with beautiful details – "If I fall behind could you leave me a sign / Breadcrumbs in the shape of an arrow" – and an alluring, articulate transparency, especially on Pink Champagne, a sad, honest recollection of her wedding day. (The marriage failed.)

It’s the performances and songwriting, however, which invite most acclaim. Between them, Edwards and Vernon have cast her work in a warm, autumnal light, calling upon a small crew of tried and trusted musicians, including the perennially underrated Jim Bryson, to whom she credits the success of the FM radio-friendly Sidecar, and Norah Jones, who lends her voice to the closing seven-minute lament, For the Record. Leaning on the sounds of modern day Americana, but giving them a contemporary gloss – much as Vernon did for his own most recent album – Edwards is as capable of cantering through the upbeat sweetness of Empty Threat as slowing things down for the mournful, earnest A Soft Place To Land, to which Vernon adds graceful harmonies. The simple pop pleasures of recent single Change the Sheets veer eerily close to early work by The Cranberries, it can’t be denied, but on Mint she offers a feminine take on the mature AOR of Springsteen and Petty.

Though she bears comparison to the likes of Gillian Welch, Shelby Lynne and Aimee Mann, Edwards has an appeal of her own. That it took the intervention of a star producer to bring her to our attention says as much about how we discover music as it does about her own need to find the right collaborator to bring out her best.

--Wyndham Wallace

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Pop Album 25 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved Kathleen Edwards' previous 3 albums but having read some mixed reviews for Voyageur I was unsure whether to buy this one.
I am so glad I did.
I was unsure on the 1st listen but having played it a few times I love it.
It sounds different from her previous albums, more of a polished pop sound.
But this doesn't make it any less of a great album.
Kathleen's voice is as lovely as ever and there is not a weak song on it.
Change the Sheets, Sidecar and Mint are great catchy country/pop songs. Soft Place to Land and House Full of Empty Rooms are lovely ballads with some gorgeous harmony vocals.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High quality, radio friendly 7 Mar 2012
By Chris G
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Most reviews of this album have concentrated on the fact that its protagonist is, apart from being a fine singer/songwriter in her own right, in a relationship with Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver. The important question then is, will this romantic and musical tryst have an effect on Kathleen Edwards the artist ? It's true that Mr Vernon's fingerprints are all over this album. He sings, plays guitar and other instruments but it's fair to say that die-hard fans of Bon Iver would be hard pushed to recognise his contributions as they do not really conform to any style he has previously presented on his records. It seems that he has chosen to fit in with the prevailing style of Edwards' previous work rather than imposing his own on the record and this comes as something of a relief to longer term fans of Edwards' work

The overriding impressions of the album is that this is a set of very well crafted, very radio friendly songs with tunes that will stay with the listener long after the CD has been ejected. It's not in any way a criticism to say that this music fits very neatly into the daytime Radio 2 formula; songs that have great hooks, tell stories but don't require too much cerebral effort. The opening "Empty Threat" typifies this style, bringing to mind the likes of (a gentler voiced) Neko Case combined with The Sundays "Here's where the story ends". And this is a style that prevails throughout. All is light and breezy, summery in many places but with enough distorted guitars and little lyrical weirdnesses to ensure that the sunlight doesn't fall into all the dark corners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A step forward 31 Jan 2012
By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Kathleen Edwards since first hearing Failer back in 2003 and love that and Back To Me unreservedly, but although I felt her third album was good I didn't really think it was any advance on what she'd already done.However, for me this beautifully melancholic album is a big step forward and I'd highly recommend it to any of her fans.Her lyrics have always been very evocative and there's no drop in quality here, but musically there is far more depth to it,albeit with a somewhat softer edge.I suppose it helps that I am a fan of Bon Iver and can appreciate his input here,but I must say I'm surprised at the reaction his involvement has sparked amongst some reviewers,because this is still very much a Kathleen Edwards album and I think most listeners who were unaware of the connection would just think that events in KE's life had left her with a softer,sadder viewpoint.So, no it's not as rocky as the early albums, but it feels like the album of someone who's growing and maturing withpout becoming bland and predictable.I think I'll be playing this one as much as I did her first two and I'd highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More pop than country but just as good 7 Jun 2014
By singgs
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved Kathleen Edwards since I first heard her on Bob Harris Country and I have all her records.
Here's my view, taking into account other reviewers' comments:
Would I have known Bon Iver was a big influence ? No
Is it a huge departure musically? No
Is it more 'pop' ? Yes

It's a great record with very strong songs and Kathleen's voice and lyrics are as powerful as ever

Simply great...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet 7 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
A great collection of accessible songs with the added bonus of Justin Vernon as producer. I cannot get into his Bon Iver, but just listen to the intro to "Mint". The terrific guitar riffs and the occasional one note from the organ. Perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voyageur is really good 27 April 2012
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Kathleen Edwards has made a really good CD, Voyageur. The songs and music are really good. She has a good and sweet voice. And thank you for a great concert in Copenhagen - Vega, march 10, 2012 with your band.
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