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Voyageur

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2012 release, the fourth album from the acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter. Produced by Justin Vernon (AKA Bon Iver) and Edwards, 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. Voyageur evokes a spectrum of overwhelming feelings within the atmosphere of a lucid dream. Edwards' characters speak to the grief, loneliness, shock, and confusion that come with endings as well as the hope and irrepressible joy that accompany new beginnings, but the stories are told with a seductively quiet strength. Aided by the musical support of fellow travelers Justin Vernon and Norah Jones, Voyageur features standout tracks such as "Change the Sheets," "Mint," and "A Soft Place to Land."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe / Rounder
  • ASIN: B005UNDSKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one great album that works so well together that it is hard for me to listen to just one song. Unlike her past records, this is not roots music, its music with so much texture and feel from the way its presented. The arrangements and the atmosphere of the songs and the sequencing really make this album a delight. With so many people predicting the death of the album, this comes as a wonderful statement that a well conceived album is greater than the sum of its parts. I am a fan of Americana music and Ms. Edwards is known for that. I really loved some of her early material but actually thought her first album was a bit of a disappointment. I did enjoy her last album quite a bit, but for me this change in musical direction has been a hit. I love her voice and the music and arrangements seem to compliment her songs and voice very well. I can say right now that I will not be too surprised if at the end of the year this is my favorite album of 2012. Do yourself a favor and listen to the entire album several times. In my opinion the beauty comes through when its listened to as a single piece. Cheers to KE for making such a wonderful record.
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This is physically a beautiful CD. The packaging is gorgeous. The artwork by Darren Booth is really lovely. The music - well, I consider myself kind of a fringe KE fan. I love her voice but don't quite connect with the songs.

Kathleen Edwards has one of the most distinctive voices in popular music - hot and smoky. To me it sounds like she is still trying to find herself as a songwriter and an artist. She is good at the one-liners but I haven't yet found a KE song that I consider great from start to finish. The best songs on this CD are two of the collaborations, Pink Champagne with John Roderick and Sidecar written with Jim Bryson. Sidecar is the liveliest song on the album, and it is perfectly placed, just when I was beginning to think the whole thing was a little sleepy.

Most of the buzz around this album revolves around the fact that it is co-produced by Justin Vernon AKA Bon Iver, KE's current significant other. I hear his influence particularly in Pink Champagne - in fact, I read a quote by KE that if it wasn't for him, she would have given up on the song and it would not have appeared on the CD. That would have left a definite hole to fill - there are only 10 songs on the finished product. Vernon plays on most of the tracks, sings on a few, and unmistakably leaves his imprint on the overall sound of the album. Edwards has moved away from the alt-country sound of her earliest albums, into a Bon-Iver-like gauzy landscape. I think it suits her. I am not totally in love with this CD yet, but I expect it will grow on me. Definitely worth a listen, and a look - really one of the prettiest CDs I have ever seen.
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This is a good album. But it is different, she is leaving her slight country sound behind. The general feel of the songs are most definitely Kathleen Edwards, but slicker and with a little less of a rock edge.

If you like KE, you'll like this as well. I prefer her previous albums, but this one is still a keeper.
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I wasn't sure what to expect four years after the excellent "Asking for Flowers", but "Voyageur" was worth the long wait. Much has been made of the album's production values and less-rocking nature. I'm fine with both. I think the production on Kathleen's first two records wasn't up to the level of "Asking for Flowers" and "Voyageur." As good as "Failer" and "Back to Me" were, I thought some of the songs needed a little something extra.

And if "Voyageur" is missing stereo-crankers like "Six O'Clock News" and "Back to Me", that's OK. She's already done them, and they'll always be there to listen to. No need to shoehorn similar-sounding songs on this album if she felt there wasn't a place for them.

"Voyageur" is an outstanding album, and I'll be curious to see where she goes from here. I just hope it won't take another four years.
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Have been looking forward to this release and it does not disappoint.

I was a little surprised that it is such a change from her earlier albums - much more polished and produced than I had expected.

However, the lyrics, some of the tunes and just the way it sounds overall leaves it with sufficient ties to the past to please long time fans while hopefully opening the door to a lot of new fans.

Overall it is definitely Kathleen Edwards and it is a great evolution. She deserves all the success that this new album will hopefully bring her.
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Ever since she made her debut nine years ago in 2003 with FAILER, Canadian-born Kathleen Edwards has made a significant impact on the roots-rock movement. Her voice has a rustic, cracked quality to it, almost as if she were a female Neil Young (a description applied by no less a figure than Linda Ronstadt to Lucinda Williams, whom Kathleen has also been described as a Canadian version of), or a 21st century Emmylou Harris. These comparisons are apt, but Kathleen has managed to stand out on her own, with albums like 2005's BACK TO ME, and 2008's ASKING FOR FLOWERS. Now comes her newest project, VOYAGEUR, which sees her take on new musical paths from the sometimes country and blues-influenced roots-rock of its three predecessors.

With her new hubby Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) behind the control board, Kathleen is going into a more modern mix of keyboards and electric guitars, and a little less of the acoustic influences, save where Kathleen strums acoustic rhythm guitar. The aforementioned cracked quality of her voice, however, is still there; and while it is an acquired taste just like Lucinda's, a lot of people have acquired that taste for it, even those, like myself, who have loved the natural beauty of Linda's voice. Songs like "Empty Threat", "Chameleon/Comedian", "Mint", and "Sidecar" continue Kathleen's introspective style of songwriting, and the more confrontational side is bought out on "Change The Sheets" and "Going To Hell". Norah Jones' guest vocal on the closing track "For The Record", which runs over seven minutes and is the longest of this ten-track, 44 ½ minute CD, is a bit much (after ten years and her being over so many other people's recordings and tribute albums, I'm afraid Norah has worn out her welcome with me). But overall, this is a great album to start 2012 off with, and it marks another milestone in Kathleen's career, one which I hope will have many more like it to come.
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