Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Kathleen Edward's fourth LP is her best, musically and lyrically. It's an introspective look into a transition from one relationship to another, something most of us can relate to. This album was produced by her and partner, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. There are many subtle sonic touches here reminiscent of the band's excellent sophomore album last year; for example, the marching drumbeat during the bridge of A Soft Place To Land could only be made possible by someone like Vernon. Though the music does veer out of the raw-sounding alt-country/folk territory of her first two albums (Failer and Back To Me) and into more polished pop, it's still very much a Kathleen Edwards album, and it seems like a logical progression in this juncture in her career. The single, Change The Sheets, is her most catchy song since Summerlong or even I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory; I love the guitar licks during the verses, as it's the tiny moments like these which make the song truly wonderful to listen to. And Voyageur is filled with these kinds of moments. Both Kathleen and Justin do make a great couple.