A lot of musicians follow a particular career trajectory: awesome debut, sophomore slump, slowing down and/or reworking the same territory over and over to the point of irrelevancy on subsequent albums.
Four albums into her career, Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has, if anything, become better and better. Her newest, Voyageur, drops on January 17th, and it finds her not only working with boyfriend Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) on production and playing, she also takes a page from his playbook and goes the multiple-instruments route. In the course of the album, she not only plays guitar, but also takes the seat behind a piano, throws on a little omnichord (the instrument that Daniel Lanois has used to help make U2 sound like U2) and even steps up to play vibraphone(!).
All of which would be window dressing for some good music, were it not for the fact that she’s stepped up as a lyricist to boot.
Hear the results for yourself, as Todd Berryman previews Kathleen Edwards’ forthcoming album Voyageur, this week on OverEasy, 7 to 11am AND pm Sunday, on 92.3 WTTS.