Album: Kathleen Edwards, Voyageur (Rounder)


For her fourth album, Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has drafted in Bon Iver's Justin Vernon as co-producer, along with guest singers and musicians including Norah Jones and S Carey.

The result is a work with greater resonance and presence, which might secure her mainstream success. Her songwriting talent isn't in doubt, as she explores desire in evocative terms – the two lost souls characterised as "Sidecars"; the preferred locations of "A Soft Place to Land" being "the forest floor, the palms of your hands". Vernon helps couch her imagery in glistening arrangements which, save for the occasional burst of Neil Young-style guitar, make her sound like Suzanne Vega produced by Daniel Lanois, her strummed guitar burnished with glints of steel guitar and ambient whines.

DOWNLOAD THIS: Empty Threat; Chameleon Comedian; A Soft Place to Land; Going to Hell