- Audio CD (Jan. 17 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B006IUTZGQ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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In my view, the production values are quite good, but not perfect and her collaborations on certain songs are quite revealing. Overall, it's a very good effort and well worth picking up for its lush sound and dreamy, yet rocking quality. Naturally, there are certain segments or instrumentation choices on some songs that one could do without, but in the overall view of the album, one could certainly do far worse and still be considered good by the professional pundits. This CD surpasses that easy label quite easily and is definitely an album to pick up in 2012. In comparison to her previous efforts, this is certainly a departure, but in a good way.
Noteworthy tracks on the discs include:
"Change the Sheets"
"House Full of Empty Rooms"
"Going to Hell"
Tracks that are very good but not great:
"Chameleon / Comedian"
"A Soft Place to Land"
Tracks that need a little work / reworking
"For the Record"
Since the rating system here doesn't allow for a 4.7, 4.8 or 4.9, I'll give it 5 out of 5, because giving it a 4 or 4.5 would not do the disc or the artist justice.
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