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Album: Voyageur
# Song Title   Time
1)    Empty Threat More Info... 3:37
2)    Chameleon/Comedian More Info... 4:41
3)    A Soft Place To Land More Info... 4:26
4)    Change The Sheets More Info... 4:30
5)    House Full Of Empty Rooms More Info... 3:01
6)    Mint More Info... 4:52
7)    Sidecar More Info... 2:38
8)    Pink Champagne More Info... 5:09
9)    Going To Hell More Info... 4:18
10)    For The Record More Info... 7:07
 

Album: Voyageur
# Song Title   Time
1)    Empty Threat More Info... 3:37
2)    Chameleon/Comedian More Info... 4:41
3)    A Soft Place To Land More Info... 4:26
4)    Change The Sheets More Info... 4:30
5)    House Full Of Empty Rooms More Info... 3:01
6)    Mint More Info... 4:52
7)    Sidecar More Info... 2:38
8)    Pink Champagne More Info... 5:09
9)    Going To Hell More Info... 4:18
10)    For The Record More Info... 7:07
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixers: Justin Vernon; Craig Silvey; Denis Tougas.
  • Recording information: Fall Creek, WI (08/2010-05/2011); Toronto, Canada (08/2010-05/2011).
  • Photographer: Cameron Wittig.
  • 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. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.54) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "VOYAGEUR is the rare post-breakup album that cozies up to the future rather than lashing out at the past."

Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "VOYAGEUR is gorgeously weathered heartbreak, straight from the gravelliest Ontario roads." -- Grade: A-

Billboard (p.44) - "[W]ith its spare aesthetic, VOYAGEUR turns the pain into genuine beauty, from the easy shuffle of 'Empty Threat' to the airy melancholy of 'A Soft Place to Land'..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]here's more drama and dynamism in these songs than in her past work..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]rutally honest....This is a song cycle that documents a journey from darkness to light at the end of the tunnel."
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