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Charting the Music: Kathleen Edwards, 'Voyageur'

Charting the Music: Kathleen Edwards, 'Voyageur' facebook.com/kathleenedwardsmusic
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High on both the CMJ and Americana charts is "Voyageur," the latest release from singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards. This from-the-heart batch of songs is her most developed work yet.

Whether it's an upbeat number or an intimate serenade, Edwards seems in her element. The album itself offers musical variety. Several of the tracks are folk-influenced rock tunes featuring full band instrumentation. Still other tracks are stripped down and driven by pianos, clean guitars and most of all her voice.

The harmonies are seamless, garnishing the already rich soundscape. The influences of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who produced and engineered the album, are quite apparent and pleasant. The ethereal reverberation trailing the vocals on "House Full of Empty Rooms" is enough to induce goose bumps. If that's not enough for you, the subject matter will leave your skin tingling.

Tearing pages from the painful chapters in life and pasting them in a song book seems to be the winning method for Kathleen. Songs like "Pink Champagne" are great examples of this. The events described through her music have clearly shaped who she is, both as a musician and human being.

Something I appreciate greatly in music is honesty. It simply doesn't get more honest and heartfelt than Kathleen Edwards' songwriting. If you'd like a voyage away from uninspired musical monotony, be sure to check out "Voyageur."

On the KDHX Charts: #2 Americana and #6 CMJ for January 24, 2011.

This album can be heard on: Feel Like Going Home, Bittersweet Melody and Memphis to Manchester.

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