Oct 5, 2011

Kathleen Edwards: the female Springsteen

Edwards's new album, Voyageur, released in January, is co-produced by Edwards and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. (Her 2003 album, Failer, is one of my favorite albums of the previous decade). 'Change The Sheets' is lovely, with Edwards singing in a slightly higher register than usual, atop a bubbling Fender Rhodes. She has a wonderfully heedless singing style — a mixture of throatily impassioned and regretful — that, like Springsteen's, feels the opposite of performing. She's thinking about anything but how she sounds, and when she hits those high notes, there's nothing to her except the note: her feet are off the ground. I'm going to be listening to this a lot.

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