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Too much Bon Iver is bad for you,
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This review is from: Voyageur (Audio CD)
I love Kathleen Edwards. I love her first three studio albums. I cannot find the love for Voyageur. There's too much of the Bon Iver about the production, and the only place it seems to stop short is that there's none of the whiney vocals I'd associate with that. There are a couple of stand-out tracks but on the whole I'm completely underwhelmed by this offering. Where's the Americana gone? All the fun and all the "space" has been squeezed out of these flat, dreary songs.
If you're new to Kathleen Edwards then listen to this one last. Get the albums in chronological order and then you'll be able to forgive Voyageur while you wait patiently for album #5.
Also, I've read in a couple of places that this is Edwards' "divorce album", so if you're looking for a divorce album get Suzanne Vega's Songs in Red and Gray instead.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2012 22:06:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Feb 2012 22:30:53 GMT
Interesting comment about the Bon Iver influence. I read on Wikipedia (and now on Amazon) that she is now dating Justin Vernon, the man behind Bon Iver. I've bought the KE album today but haven't heard it yet. I'll let you know!
PS Your view on Suzanne Vega's album is spot on - it's a brilliant album, whatever my view on the KE album.
Posted on 17 Feb 2012 22:39:05 GMT
Having now heard the album a few times, I feel the same way as you.
It's good, but is just not as good as her previous three albums. I'm not so worried about the lack of Americana and, in some respects I'm not too concerned with the Bon Iver influence from the musical aspect; I think I worry from a moral aspect, in that her new man is involved in producing an album which dishes out the dirt on her previous man. There just seems something wrong in him getting mixed up in it. That may sound either too moralistic, but then maybe I just don't like 'divorce albums' unless their done really well, like Suzanne Vega's 'Songs in Red And Gray', as you so rightly mentioned.
Your 3 star review is just about right.
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