Voyageur by Kathleen Edwards
Released: Jan 2012
Label: New Rounder
On her fourth outing, Kathleen Edwards enlists beau Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) to help wrap her whispery, modern folk in a bit of atmospheric gossamer. Melancholy songs seem to be the pair's strong suit: "Pink Champagne" is a stark, emotional look back at her wedding day, while "A Soft Place to Land" finds our heroine seeking refuge after the marriage failed (though this ache feels pretty darn good in its veracity). Still, Edwards does get upbeat, sounding pretty dang optimistic on "Change the Sheets" and "Empty Threat."
Linda Ryan
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