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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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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.
Ignore the misleading comparisons to other musicians. I can just make out enough similarity in vocal styles to see why some hear a bit of Lucinda Williams, and there is one guitar solo that sounds like Crazy Horse, but that's about it. This is an artist with her own unique and delightful sound. On the 'Customers who bought this title also bought:' list that comes up on this page, I find her music much more similar to Tift Merritt than to Lucinda Williams, but I wouldn't say it sounds all that much like either.
The Lucinda comparisons verge on the ludicrous and miss the point. The themes of their songs and the way they use words are worlds apart, Edwards' voice is orders of magnitude more palatable and melodic, and the sound of her band is quite different from any that's ever backed Ms. Williams. It doesn't matter if Lucinda Williams fans prefer Lucinda - that's why they call them "Lucinda Williams fans"! Personally, I like Lucinda and I own all her CD's. But I never would have thought of comparing the two women until I read these reviews, and if I had to choose I'd trade all those Lucinda CD's for this one. The point is that you don't have to choose or compare. You can just enjoy sublime music.
The acoustic and emotional beauty of this music has kept Failer in my CD player for months, and the brilliant lyrical moments of truth in "Hockey Skates" and "Westby" are portents that Kathleen Edwards will continue to be a musical force to be reckoned with for years to come.
And if I didn't like this for any other reason, there's always the fact that the bassist is named Kevin McCarragher. Have to compare our Irish roots sometime.
Most recent customer reviews
Hey Kevin Donegan!
Her name is Kathleen, not Katherine!
Btw, great cd.......highly recommended!
I absolutely love this CD. The more you listen, the better it gets. Lyrics are fresh, and range from wise, insightful, and humorous to truly gorgeous and evocative. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004
I hesitated from buying this album at first due to Rolling Stone magazine's inflation of it--Let's just say that our tastes differ & it goes both ways. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003 by Glenn Edward Deuman VII
I bought this CD on impulse merely because of the song title "Hockey Skates." I had never heard of her, nor had I heard any of her music, but anyone who writes a song... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Lawrence Barlow
this record sounds as good as her live shows! alt-country at it best! if your like Lucinda, you will love Katherine ! hightly recommended-every song is super!Published on Sept. 5 2003 by kevin donegan
some have complained about kathleen edwards' "unconventional" voice, so if you're not down with a little grit in your singers' voices, then go back to listening to celine... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Brent Chapman
It takes about fifteen listens to have this album sit where you want it to. For the time being, maybe in the car or maybe in the multi-cd player. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003
. . . but am i the only one who's noticed that "the lone wolf" sounds like exactly like concrete blonde's "caroline" (off 'bloodletting')? anybody? bueller?Published on Aug. 8 2003 by Josh Petrusa