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Anyone here into her? Got "Asking for Flowers." I usually try to avoid saying things like this, but she seems just like a female Freedy Johnston!

roxymuzak, Saturday, 5 April 2008 23:21 (twelve years ago) link

I like the album a lot. "Sure as Shit" is a winner.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 6 April 2008 12:49 (twelve years ago) link

I like that Failer album, I bought it when I saw her in a support slot a couple years ago.

I know, right?, Sunday, 6 April 2008 12:56 (twelve years ago) link

Did a roundup of lady singer-songwriter folkie albums for the Voice recently, and hers was my favorite, but I still have mixed feelings about it:

http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0810,351018,351018,22.html

xhuxk, Sunday, 6 April 2008 13:12 (twelve years ago) link

"the cheapest key" was the one that jumped out at me first time through, so i put that on my ipod and have mostly ignored the rest of the album. but maybe i should give it another chance.

tipsy mothra, Sunday, 6 April 2008 13:59 (twelve years ago) link

My big problem is with her voice -- when she's not slurring, the timbre gets too...I dunno, dulcet or something.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 6 April 2008 14:07 (twelve years ago) link

Well I don't know this album ye're all talking about

I know, right?, Sunday, 6 April 2008 14:12 (twelve years ago) link

hey roxymuzak, i have one of her albums in some big mp3 disc book in my car. i like her, at least based on that album. "in state" is a good tune.

omar little, Sunday, 6 April 2008 16:45 (twelve years ago) link

"the cheapest key" was the one that jumped out at me first time

Yeah, me too, and it was also the first one that reminded me of Johnston.

roxymuzak, Sunday, 6 April 2008 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

video for "in state", which sucks because it's totally generic and the lyrics deserve something a little more specific.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MHjOPsYhNrM

omar little, Sunday, 6 April 2008 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

It's a good song.

There's just something about those Canadians who make country-influenced music.

roxymuzak, Sunday, 6 April 2008 20:27 (twelve years ago) link

I actually can't STAND "The Cheapest Key." I like the rest of the album.

Reatards Unite, Monday, 7 April 2008 02:24 (twelve years ago) link

If they're comparable at all, I think I like the Laura Marling album more (Alas I Cannot Swim), but this Asking for Flowers album is pretty damn good. It's weird though, cause her name seems really familiar, but I can't figure out where I heard Kathleen Edwards before.

Mordy, Thursday, 10 April 2008 02:13 (twelve years ago) link

Oh. Nevermind. An Amazon search reminded me. I really liked Failer in 2003.

Mordy, Thursday, 10 April 2008 02:14 (twelve years ago) link

On the title track, she kinda sounds like Laura Cantrell on Humming by the Flowered Vine.

Mordy, Thursday, 10 April 2008 02:16 (twelve years ago) link

I usually try to avoid saying things like this, but she seems just like a female Freedy Johnston!

NY'ers get to choose between them tomorrow nite. But perhaps she's more like a female version of tourmate Dan Wilson?

gabbneb, Thursday, 10 April 2008 02:36 (twelve years ago) link

I hear an echo of Lucinda Williams, but filtered through raw-boned Canadian prairie winters instead of Louisiana bayous. But she also has a "sound", something unique to her, which sometimes makes her songs sound dangerously similar and indistinct. Failer is still my favourite -- "6 O'clock News", "In State", "Hockey Skates," "Mercury", and "National Steel" all being standouts. What I love about her slurry, supple voice is an endearing frailty at the heart of some fairly transparent tough chick fronting.

Lostandfound, Thursday, 10 April 2008 04:16 (twelve years ago) link

(I've only heard clips from her new one.)

Lostandfound, Thursday, 10 April 2008 04:16 (twelve years ago) link

"In State" is one of those rare songs that manages to successfully fit a whole lot of plot, character, and atmosphere into a single song. It's like a Sopranos episode.

Melissa McClelland (who may be in her touring band -- she's at least playing with Luke Doucet, the opener) is really good in her own right. I'm susprised her '06 CD Thumbelina's One Night Stand never has been released in the U.S. -- it's basically in the Sarah Harmer template, but with much more ambition, scale, and tunefulness.

Eazy, Thursday, 10 April 2008 05:40 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

It's currently in between Kathleen, Laura Marling, and Vampire Weekend for most played tracks this year on my iTunes. According to the counter, I like Buffalo, Oil Man's War, The Cheapest Key the most. (Oddly, tho I remember all the lyrics once the song starts playing - I can't remember which title goes to which song.)

Mordy, Thursday, 5 June 2008 16:53 (twelve years ago) link

My favorite is still "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory," though maybe I favorite because I can identify with the subject matter. It's one of my favorite songs about being in a touring band -- it's good (and rare) when songs about being a musician avoid self-hagiography.

roxymuzak, Thursday, 5 June 2008 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

I meant "though it may be my favorite because...", obv

roxymuzak, Thursday, 5 June 2008 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

I love love love Mercury and Westby.

I know, right?, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:02 (twelve years ago) link

Which is the one with the song about the incest-murder-thing?

Mordy, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:06 (twelve years ago) link

Or rather, which song is the one about the...

Mordy, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:07 (twelve years ago) link

Mercury is the Virgin Suicides condensed into three minutes, Westby is a brutally theatrical character study about a little bit on the side.

I know, right?, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:11 (twelve years ago) link

"Alicia Ross," it's a true story as well. xposts

roxymuzak, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

"The Cheapest Key" is the alphabet song, of sorts. It's also her most energetic. I saw the video for it on one of the cable country music channels recently. It fit where the majority of her material does not. It sold the album for me, plus Back to Me. Not bad.

Gorge, Thursday, 5 June 2008 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

Right. So I love Alicia Ross. Great song. Very haunting, and reminds me of that Buffy Saint-Marie song about similar themes.

Mordy, Thursday, 5 June 2008 18:08 (twelve years ago) link

Her voice still bugs me.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 5 June 2008 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

"The Cheapest Key" is an alphabetish song, but I think its important to note that she only uses letters that correspond to musical keys.

roxymuzak, Thursday, 5 June 2008 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, teacher.

Gorge, Thursday, 5 June 2008 21:02 (twelve years ago) link

!

roxymuzak, Thursday, 5 June 2008 21:07 (twelve years ago) link

I love the LP BACK TO ME! almost all of it is terrific!

another song that even more amazingly crams a story in: 'Pink Emerson Radio'

the pinefox, Friday, 6 June 2008 09:14 (eleven years ago) link

I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory

my favourite as well.

Ludo, Saturday, 7 June 2008 13:23 (eleven years ago) link

Mine too, for the hockey stuff mainly (among other stuff), though I keep meaning to go back and relisten to the Neil Youngy one that everybody says they like so much. For some reason, it's never jumped out at me. Album is pretty good though -- probably the best of her three, though I don't own the first two anymore and therefore can't check. (I did like one hockey song she did earlier, however.)

xhuxk, Saturday, 7 June 2008 15:01 (eleven years ago) link

Man, I don't catch hockey refs! What are they?

roxymuzak, Saturday, 7 June 2008 18:13 (eleven years ago) link

You're The Great One,
I'm Marty McSorley.

xhuxk, Saturday, 7 June 2008 18:15 (eleven years ago) link

Ah, I figured, cause I had no idea who those were!

roxymuzak, Saturday, 7 June 2008 18:18 (eleven years ago) link

Failer is still my favourite -- "6 O'clock News", "In State", "Hockey Skates," "Mercury", and "National Steel" all being standouts

Yeah, that was the other hockey one. And I liked "6 O'Clock News" at the time. Maybe should've kept it.

xhuxk, Saturday, 7 June 2008 18:30 (eleven years ago) link

More about her on the Can We Talk About West Coast Country Rock etc thread and Rolling Country

dow, Saturday, 7 June 2008 18:43 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

Getting really into 'Asking for Flowers'...

afin d’y être sublime sans interruption (Michael White), Friday, 28 November 2008 19:03 (eleven years ago) link

Mercury is perfect, a sad bruised thing.

I know, right?, Monday, 1 December 2008 00:20 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Listened to this in my car for a month, and "Sure As Shit" emerged as my favorite. The one that says "Believe me, all the days you're unsure/Believe in me, I don't want to anymore" is beautiful and I can't really listen to it without tearing up but it's slightly, ever so slightly...corny?

roxymuzak, Sunday, 25 January 2009 08:36 (eleven years ago) link

The flirting with corniness is what makes her really good, I think. Flirting in general, even. You get that unexpected tear in the corner of your eye and you fight it, feeling naively self-conscious, but then you just admit that it's very good songwriting and even better execution and you're hooked. I'm starting to think Asking for Flowers might just be her best now.

Lostandfound, Monday, 2 February 2009 05:30 (eleven years ago) link

Asking for Flowers I definitely agree is her best. My mother compares her to Neil Young, and I think she's half-right (she's talking about his Harvest-era material). Just some drop-dead gorgeous stuff that also - at least for me - works on a few levels. It just wrecks me emotionally, or sometimes it's just pretty to listen to, and sometimes I dig it like I dig Dylan, as someone who I can appreciate their cleverness and their wit and their playfulness (with Edwards, way more playfulness than the first two).

Mordy, Monday, 2 February 2009 05:34 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, she reminds me of Neil a lot, too.

roxymuzak, Monday, 2 February 2009 05:35 (eleven years ago) link

Hadn't thought of it, but yeah, I can see that. In the surprising emotional connection sense. Even if you're only half listening, it can just sneak up on you, which I find Neil can do as well. Maybe a crafty Canadian stealth thing?

Lostandfound, Monday, 2 February 2009 08:13 (eleven years ago) link

i didn't like asking for flowers at first, but have come around to it ("oh canada" is a standout). whereas back to me grabbed me immediately, especially "copied keys." clearly she has a thing for writing about keys.

snuh, Monday, 2 February 2009 09:10 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Yeah, she reminds me of Neil a lot, too.

Speaking of which...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXghGA9imzg

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 30 October 2009 05:43 (ten years ago) link

Blame Bon Iver.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 February 2014 01:33 (six years ago) link

six months pass...

Covers of Springsteen's "Human Touch" and REM's "Sweetness Follows" up at her Soundcloud page. The latter is gorgeous.

https://soundcloud.com/kathleen-edwards-1

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:24 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Man, is she good. We're due a new album, aren't we? Didn't she say something about opening a restaurant?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 13 October 2014 22:37 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

:) for her, :( for us ... guessing (or maybe hoping) she'll make another record and play more shows someday?

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2014/11/29/kathleen_edwards_calls_it_quits_opens_quitters_coffee.html

alpine static, Sunday, 30 November 2014 23:38 (five years ago) link

That's so romantic.

bamcquern, Monday, 1 December 2014 04:07 (five years ago) link

Yeah, that's a great story. Hope I can make it over there myself one day. Voyageur was a real misstep for her and I'm sorry but I have to lay a lot of the blame for that at Vernon's feet, it was far too limp and watery for my liking. Asking for Flowers was a masterpiece – as indeed were the first two records – so I hope that if and when she returns to recording she rediscovers that side of her muse.

rising stones cross (anagram), Monday, 1 December 2014 12:55 (five years ago) link

Voyageur was a bit limp, but it had good songs, imo, and I thought Vernon affected/hurt it less than I feared he would. It *was* a step down from the first three, but I mean...that's a pretty tough bar to try to reach, you know?

alpine static, Monday, 1 December 2014 18:22 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

Man, I knew she was threatening to quit and open a place, but I didn't realize she actually went and did it. She's one of my favorite songwriters of all time. Could somehow see her fitting in with the current Pistol Annies/Clark/Musgraves crew.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 3 July 2015 18:48 (four years ago) link

has anyone tried her cafe yet, I keep meaning to trek there on one of my days off

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 3 July 2015 20:19 (four years ago) link

It's in Stittsville, right? A bit too much of a trek for me. I went to high school with her so I'd be kind of curious, ha.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 3 July 2015 20:47 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

i love kathleen edwards

cosign x1000000

Mordy, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 18:06 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

tbh think she is too dismissive of "Elvis Presley in the seventies."

Sketches by T-Boz (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:19 (three years ago) link

Eh, aka "fat Elvis," definitiely worthy pejorative shorthand imo.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:21 (three years ago) link

Polk Salad Annie to thread.

Sketches by T-Boz (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:35 (three years ago) link

failer is one of my fav albums of all time. nobody's really about voyageur upthread but i kinda think it's her second best, i love how lush it is

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 20:45 (three years ago) link

i can't believe voyageur was already 4 years ago

asking for flowers was her best imo

Mordy, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:35 (three years ago) link

the fog rolled in on the back of a storm / in the night you and i drove / have you ever seen lightning and snow

Mordy, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:36 (three years ago) link

Voyageur has some great songs but the production and arrangements make it mostly a soppy blur for mw. Luckily there's a clear scapegoat handy

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:54 (three years ago) link

Yeah ... Canada!

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:59 (three years ago) link

the back half of Failer is about as devastating as music gets for me.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 22:19 (three years ago) link

yuuup. "Sweet Little Duck," goddamn.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:08 (three years ago) link

So I stopped by Quitters Cafe this past Saturday night and yeah, it was a tightly packed house. It looks like a fairly successful business but I kept wondering how many in the room were hoping that she'd bring out a guitar and sing something.

doug watson, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 01:59 (three years ago) link

Been playing the first three albums a lot lately but still can't find anything nice to say about Voyageur. Will she ever make another record?

I'd love to visit Quitters one day.

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:29 (three years ago) link

I think Back To Me just has the edge over Failer.

heaven parker (anagram), Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:30 (three years ago) link

what do y'all think "change the sheets" isn't beautiful

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:18 (three years ago) link

all four albums are 8+ out of 10, Failer may have the highest highs, but Asking For Flowers is the best overall, imo

if she's happy that's all that matters ... but i still wish she'd come back to music. maybe someday.

alpine static, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:49 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Like that little burr in her voice, it adds an edge and doesn't sound at all like an affection unlike, say, Little Lucy Williams.

Plastico-Tico no Fubá (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 November 2016 02:27 (three years ago) link

Was trying to figure what Alfred's problem was, but now I reread and it seems like the time he doesn't like it is when she DOESN'T sing like that.

Plastico-Tico no Fubá (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 November 2016 02:29 (three years ago) link

Fascinated by "Buffalo." Seems to have a parsable story, but I've been burned before and I know the score so maybe I'd better leave it alone.

Plastico-Tico no Fubá (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 November 2016 02:30 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Don't be-e-e like that

I Walk the Ondioline (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 December 2016 02:13 (three years ago) link

otm

Mordy, Sunday, 11 December 2016 02:14 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Even quitters quit quitting. See you at Massey hall. https://t.co/lFdsxEedNf

— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) January 22, 2018

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:59 (two years ago) link

omg

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 5 February 2018 21:00 (two years ago) link

Y E S

Simon H., Monday, 5 February 2018 21:01 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

this woman is a genius

ICYMI, KE seems like she is getting much closer to a full-scale revival of her music career:

...making a new album:

I leave in 5 days to start making a new album. “I’m so excited for you!”, “how amazing” is what I’m hearing from friends and family. And they’re very kind and supportive. But I’m peaking out on the anxiety meter. Big time. And that’s how mental health rears it’s ugly head.

— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) March 4, 2019


...co-writing with Maren Morris:

It's with heartfelt gratitude and excitement i get to say.... I wrote a song with Maren for her new album! "Good Woman" was written during a devastating heartbreak hoping the phone would ring. Maren has turned it into a loving expression of joy, can't wait for release day!! https://t.co/cFLGrVmNw4

— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) March 1, 2019


...signing a record deal:

signing a record deal via DocuSign is infinitely less cool that on the hood of a car. but still. signed a motherfucking record deal today. this old broad stillllllllz gots it.

— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) March 5, 2019

very good news, imo

alpine static, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 23:49 (one year ago) link

Incredible news.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:10 (one year ago) link

oh my fucking god

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:28 (one year ago) link

I saw she’s playing a festival in Camden this summer and I thought it was a one off how exciting that there’s actual new music coming!!!!

Mordy, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:38 (one year ago) link

Ahhhhhjhhhhh

Simon H., Wednesday, 17 April 2019 01:19 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Kathleen Edwards will release her highly anticipated new album, Total Freedom, August 14 on Dualtone (an Entertainment One Company). In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Options Open,” is debuting today.

Alongside the album announcement, Rolling Stone is featuring Edwards in an exclusive, in-depth profile chronicling her long-awaited return to music, praising, “Total Freedom is the result of profound self-reflection from Edwards, who’s reached a place where her past trials, false starts, and wrong turns have begun to feel less like a burden and more like a blessing.”

Co-produced by Edwards, longtime collaborator and guitarist Jim Bryson and Grammy Award-winning producer and musician Ian Fitchuk, Total Freedom marks a major return for Edwards, who took an extended step away from music in 2014. After spending the last six years running her successful small business (a coffee shop, bar and café aptly named Quitters, in her hometown of Stittsville, Ottawa), Edwards is back with a refreshed creative outlook and a new sense of freedom. Across the album’s eleven songs, Edwards revisits past relationships with a new perspective, explores her own resilience and optimism and for the first time pursues what she feels is right rather than what is expected.

“I had no desire to write, no desire to play,” she says of what she refers to as her “working sabbatical.” “It allowed me all the time and space I needed to even just enjoy listening to music again. There were so many times where, if I was thinking about my own writing or playing, my heart just wasn't in it.” She continues, “I don’t want to write songs that are going to keep me in a dark place for two years. I didn’t have to carry a lot of the pressure of whatever course I was on previously…There’s a pressure sometimes to keep that ball rolling, and that’s what was so freeing about stopping altogether and starting again. I realized I’m entirely in control and deciding what my course of action is."
Total Freedom is Edwards’ fifth-studio album since her 2003 debut and her first since 2012’s Voyageur. The album reached #39 on the United States’ Billboard 200 chart, #2 in Canada and received widespread critical acclaim—NPR Music praised, “Her songs feel as personal and lived-in as ever…Edwards has never seemed more confident in her own considerable gifts,” while Pitchfork declared, “Each song emphasizes change and risk, and Edwards never resorts to tired sentiments or platitudes about healing and hope” and Rolling Stone proclaimed, “an exquisite, widescreen beauty.” Now based in Ottawa, Ontario, Edwards is a five-time Juno Award nominee and winner of the SOCAN Songwriting Prize for Voyageur track, “A Soft Place to Land.” She has also had her music featured in several hit television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Hart of Dixie, House and more.

TOTAL FREEDOM TRACK LIST
1. Glenfern
2. Hard On Everyone
3. Birds On A Feeder
4. Simple Math
5. Options Open
6. Feelings Fade
7. Fools Ride
8. Ashes to Ashes
9. Who Rescued Who
10. Take It With You

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:46 (two weeks ago) link

Ooh great I can't wait to hear this. Good news that she's dumped Vernon as producer (following their break-up). I loved her first three albums but I found the last one close to unlistenable.

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

AAAAAAHHHHHH

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:56 (two weeks ago) link

I was wondering what happened to her old guitarist/producer/boyfriend (I think?) Colin Cripps, and it turns out not only is a member of Blue Rodeo now, he and a friend released a surf album under the name C & C Surf Factory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQmi5eDrorY

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 May 2020 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

it makes me very happy to hear "Crappy Tire" used in a lyric

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

I found the last one close to unlistenable.

― the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:54 AM (six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

come on it's a good record

i am so fucking thrilled this is happening

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

This new interview is a great read. Sounds like she's in a better place at the moment:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/kathleen-edwards-comeback-new-album-total-freedom-1001469/

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

aoty without having heard a note

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

since no one has posted this yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyFjqmWgqug

alpine static, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 07:31 (two weeks ago) link


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