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being rushed, duplicated, or cheesy, but she has done it.
When I listened to her first album, "Failer", I must have played it 50 times, and thought it was the best album made by anyone, in any genre, in 20 years. At first, I thought her second, "Back To Me" flagged a little, but then realized I needed to listen to it more and that it had simply taken a turn toward a more rocked up sound.
"Asking For Flowers" is yet another beautiful turn, still preserving Edwards gorgeously emotional husky voice and introspective story telling. But the melodies are more delicate and mature, as are the stories. If you enjoyed her folk, rock, and humorous styles on the first two albums, you will not be disappointed with this CD. All of those elements are still there. Songs like "I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory" and "The Cheapest Key" show her cut-to-the-chase fighting side. Songs like "Asking For Flowers" are simply heartbreakingly beautiful and honest.
"Alicia Ross" carries its own weight about a kidnapped murdered girl, even if you don't know the true story on which it was based.
Musically, the styles are very similar to her other work, deftly mixing in some of Kathleen's solo violin playing, and the band's slide electric guitar and harmonica with just the right touches to add snap to the song arrangements.
The only knock I have against this album is the same one I had for the other two. The recording quality is just not up to par. All her albums have a mid-rangey muddiness that make the band sound like they were recorded in a metal box.Read more ›
years. I don't find that I listen to "Back To Me" very much, and I
wondered whether maybe the first album would stand as the best of
I did not know what to expect with "Asking for Flowers". I'd read in
No Depression that Kathleen had experimented a bit more, and I did
not find that particularly appealing, frankly.
The first couple of spins did not catch my attention. I didn't hear
any song which had a hook that caught me.
But somewhere along the line, this CD really started to get to me.
It's alternately poignant and humorous--take the juxtaposition
of 'Alicia Ross', a haunting, true story about the murder of a young
girl, with 'I Make The Dough, You Get the Glory" with its already
classic "You're the great one, I'm Marty McSorley" line. That one
will resonate with Canadians and hockey fans.
'Buffalo' is tremendous, 'The Cheapest Key' is straight ahead, no-
nonsense, no-message rock. 'Scared at Night' is beautiful.
This album has it all--poignant lyrics, great rock, catchy hooks and some nice humor. Truly a keeper--and a masterpiece.
Anyway, if you ask me, this one is a classic and leads my 'Best of
(Please note--no mention of 'Neil Young' or 'Lucinda Williams' in the above review!)
This disc easily has five or six tunes that will grab you by the collar and not let go. The lead-off song, "The Cheapest Key" has a great tempo and other songs such as "Buffalo," "Alicia Ross," "Run," "Oil Man's War," "Goodnight, California" and "Oh Canada" are solid, well-composed and finely crafted alt-country and rock numbers that are both a delight to hear and only get better and better with repeated playings. Yet, even with this strong line-up of songs, the true shining gems on this disc are the tracks "Scared At Night" and the title song "Asking For Flowers." In my modest opinion, they are genuine works of art!
When I first picked up this disc, I didn't quite know what to really make of it but with a little patience and an open mind, this release has quickly grown to be a personal favourite. I can only imagine that by the time I've finally had my fill of the CD - which may be never - there will be some serious skid marks to show for it. It's just that damned good!
Do yourselves a huge, huge favour and pick up a copy a.s.a.p. For fans of alt-country, pop and rock, this disc will not disappoint. Move over Lucinda, Kathleen's going to keep you company for a long, long time to come. This is, BY FAR, the best alt-country/rock release of 2008!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an interesting voice. The lyrics are wonderful as are the tunes. A real Canadian find.Published 14 months ago by anon4utu
Can't get too much of "Goodbye California." A wonderful reason to listen, really listen to music. The music is hypnotic.Published on January 7, 2014 by George M Woods
Got to see Kathleen Edwards perform at Wits, a show in Minnesota, and we immediately bought a bunch of her albums. Loving them all.Published on May 23, 2013 by Joel Hagen
There is something both odd and wonderful how some artists float around your mental universe but never register; slipping away ignored nto the grey areas of your listening... Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by Red on Black
I have to say, after many have recommended Edwards to me, I still don't get it. This sounds like a slightly up-tempo version of Sarah McLaughlin, whose music I also think is... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by philprof
What if you could take the lyrical prowess and folk sensibilities of Neil Young, the guts of Lucinda Williams, blend them up, and top it all off with a voice as delicate as a... Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Jeff Shurts
Kathleen Edwards is that rare song writer who manages to combine powerful and stark lyrics with a voice so lush and haunting that her songs play in your head long after a listen. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Eliot