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Kathleen EdwardsAudio CD
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Voyageur is less of a departure than it is a journey, and like any transforming trip, it demands that we let go of any preconceptions about the destination. These songs are the perfect travel companions to their own haunted landscape. Edwards guides us through a house full of empty rooms, revealing the sadness behind a public smile and the numbness that follows broken expectations and the ... Read more in Amazon's Kathleen Edwards Store

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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • ASIN: B00007LV7B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Six O’Clock News
2. One More Song the Radio Won’t Like
3. Hockey Skates
4. The Lone Wolf
5. 12 Bellevue
6. Mercury
7. Westby
8. Maria
9. National Steel
10. Sweet Lil’ Duck

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This young Canadian singer-songwriter delivers a sucker punch of an American debut. While it may take a few listens for some of the material 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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful record well deserving of the accolades. July 5, 2003
By D. Mok
Format:Audio CD
It's as if Kathleen Edwards took the best elements of several of her contemporaries and made them her own. Her keening voice evokes Laura Cantrell, but she's a far better singer in terms of phrasing, body and personality. Her country-tinged arrangements nod to both The Wooden Stars and Blue Rodeo, and her witty, observant lyrics sometimes remind me of Sarah Harmer.
Edwards' gift is to make simplicity beautiful. I can't think of anybody else right now who can make a dead-simple, repetitive melody as "Six O'Clock News" work, and work so marvellously. "Hockey Skates" hangs its spare arrangements on a terrific yet basic guitar line, but played with relish. That vocal ad lib which opens "The Lone Wolf", the surprisingly gutsy electric guitar of "12 Bellevue" and the multitracked acoustic strums of "Westby" are all examples of the imaginative yet deceptively simple touches which make the songs great.
The great playing and arrangements on this record definitely help, making the most out of simple country-rock elements, and Edwards' singing is very engaging, often careless of pitch like Neil Young and early Sarah Harmer, but always expressive and fitting to the song.
From time to time, an artist is hyped simply because s/he is better than the rest. Kathleen Edwards is one such artist, and if the media hype helps people discover her music, all the better.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Harmer's younger sister December 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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I like to think of Kathleen Edwards as Sarah Harmer's younger sister. They're both talented, young, female, Canadian singer-songwriters (how do you like them adjectives?). They're both working the pared-down songs, with their voices and an acoustic guitar being the main ingredients in each composition. They're both under the same manager. And they're both curly-heads, which supports my genetic theory.

If Kathleen Edwards is Sarah Harmer's musical little sister, she's the scrappy younger sibling. Both singers write about relationships gone wrong, but Edwards' are the sort that probably wouldn't have gone right in the first place, judging from the older men, slick music industry types and general drunks that pop up on her debut album, Failer. And given the frequent mentions of alcohol and bars, Edwards has lived a little harder than her fairly upper class childhood (her father is a Canadian diplomat) might indicate.

Failer is a strong debut album. It sounds like it came from an artist years older than Edwards, who was in her early 20s when it was released. First albums from young female artists are often drenched in pathos, filled with sad, victimized tales of lovers who done wrong and boys that got away. Edwards works some of that in -- she's wanting someone she can't have for one reason or another ("12 Bellvue") or trying to get rid of someone who won't leave her alone with her misery and her beer ("Hockey Skates").

When you consider that Edwards only started writing songs shortly after she finished high school, Failer's maturity is even more impressive. This is one of those rare albums where you don't have to skip a track.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In Danger of Being Over-Hyped January 29, 2003
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Being dubbed as one of the upcoming year's "Ten Artists to Watch," by a magazine like Rolling Stone is a double-edged sword for an up-and-comer like Kathleen Edwards. Yeah, the publicity boost is a great jump start for a career, but if your performance fails to meet the raised expectations you can quickly be buried by it. Calling her debut album "Failer" might be one way to temper the hype, but Edwards does have the kind of talent as a songwriter and performer that could allow her break through to the big time.
All that said, "Failer" is a strong album that falls a tad short of being a classic. Edwards has been labelled at "alt-country" artist in the mode of Lucinda Williams, but she is a rock an roller at heart. Her songs are tough, both lyrically and musically. My favorite moment comes during the song "Westby" in which she sings to an older married lover, "I don't think your wife would like my friends."
The album kicks off with the hummable but harrowing "Six O'Clock News," establishing the tone right away. The next track, "One More Song the Radio Won't Like" can be interpreted referring to the difficulty alt-country artists have in getting airtime or yet another attempt to quell those pesky expectatations. From there Edwards keeps up the groove, alternating ballads and rockers, some of which work better than others. If she can keep developing as an artist, there is no reason to believe that she won't soon be on the level of the likes of Emmylou Harris or Lucinda.
Overall, a strong debut from a young artist who has a lot to live up to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Canadian Grit December 14, 2003
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Our friends to the north in Canada have been known to give us some of the best artists to grace the pop music world, from the Guess Who to Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. Kathleen Edwards, in my opinion, can be added to that ambit with her debut album FAILER, an album that must rank as one of the best for the year 2003.
Edwards has been compared more than a few times to Lucinda Williams, which is heady praise indeed. But she is also her own woman, with an approach that combines alternative country and 1960s-style folk-rock along with stark modern lyrics, and a sardonic sense of humor. There's good social comment on "Six O'Clock News", and a big (but well-deserved) punch to American corporate radio on the ironically titled "One More Song The Radio Won't Like." There is also the use of one off-color word in the track "National Steel" which shows off a true acid side of this new Canadian gal.
Kathleen is someone well worth watching for in the future; hopefully, American radio stations, be they country or adult-alternative, will latch onto her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars crossing genres, winning hearts
I've enjoyed every album I've heard by Kathleen Edwards thus far, but this could be my favorite of the bunch. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
1.0 out of 5 stars Different tastes
Wow - I found out about Kathleen Edwards late in the game, when the Voyageur CD received so much praise. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by B. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Edwards is Amazing and Talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am in LOVE with this band. You will be too. She makes you want to hit the road and follow the band! Really deep haunting vocals that catch you off guard. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by R. Brokos
5.0 out of 5 stars kathleen edwards-failer
Great twangy rock with a folk element.Full of indie cred.Great lyrics,voice, and band that rocks.
Published on May 15, 2009 by Mark Marchand
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure melodic and lyrical genius
Kathleen Edwards is the best songwriter I have heard since I lamented the demise of the Beatles over 30 years ago. Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by MaxVideo
5.0 out of 5 stars Old soul
I have been torn for years about how much I enjoy this record.

If I was a lot younger I would even like it more. Read more
Published on April 26, 2008 by G. E. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
Ever since Austin City Limits when I saw her for the 1st time, I've become a big fan since. Lovely voice and an equally beautful delivery in her songs.
Published on April 21, 2008 by Baljit S. Grewal
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome
Her self titled album was fantastic, so I wasn't sure how this one would stack up, but it's just as good. She's an amazing musician.
Published on July 13, 2006 by Amanda R. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative lyrics
Great Debut, from a somewhat new canadian singer-songwriter. Great roots rock with a bit of Ani Difranco thrown in for extra spice. The band on this CD is great also. Read more
Published on May 27, 2006 by Bulldog Boy55@aol
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic - its entered my all-time favorite list!
I bought this CD a few years ago, and have never gone more than a few weeks without going back to it. Read more
Published on May 2, 2006 by Bee Beat
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