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Singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards has different kinds of traveling in mind on her album Voyageur. There is the geographic kind, of course, but also the journey through the seasons of nature, and, especially, the trip a love affair represents from its beginning to end. Edwards seems to be in transit right from the start, at least in terms of intentions, with the folk-pop leadoff track proclaiming, "I'm movin' to America," before the singer quickly adds, "It's an empty threat." Still, that's a good representation of the themes of the record, as Edwards explores troubled feelings, often expressing dissatisfaction with a lover she is simultaneously obsessed with and unhappy about. "I don't want to feel this way," she says on the slow, ethereal "Pink Champagne," but by the next song she is declaring, "Anywhere you go, I'll follow," even though the song is called "Going to Hell." The folk and rock arrangements, sometimes ambient, sometimes reminiscent of Sheryl Crow (especially the deliberately paced electric guitar rocker "Mint"), support Edwards' listless, melancholy soprano singing, which in turn reflects her unhappiness and pessimism. She manages to sing through her torment on Voyageur, in hope that the journey is ultimately redemptive.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2012
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0601143114526
catalogNumber: 431145
Rank: 76824

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathleen Edwards   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Violin,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vibes,Omnichord,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ian Lefeuvre   Wurlitzer
Jim Bryson   Synthesizer,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Bryden Baird   Horn
Hawksley Workman   Drums
Norah Jones   Background Vocals
John Dinsmore   Bass
John Roderick   Background Vocals
Afie Jurvanen   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sean Carey   Drums
Lyle Molzan   Drums
Justin Vernon   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vibes
Sue Passmore   Background Vocals
Kerri Ough   Background Vocals
Caroline Brooks   Background Vocals
Jeremy Boettcher   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Stornoway   Choir, Chorus
Brian Moen   Drums
Gord Tough   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phil Cook   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Francis Farewell Stsarlite   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Jim Bryson   Composer,Engineer
Brian Joseph   Engineer
Kathleen Edwards   Composer,Producer
John Roderick   Composer
Eric Corson   Engineer
Justin Vernon   Producer,Engineer
Jud Haynes   Layout
Darren Booth   Paintings

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