Asking for Flowers

Asking for Flowers

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by Kathleen Edwards
     
 

Kathleen Edwards' 2005 album Back to Me was the sort of record that grows and reveals new secrets each time you gave it a listen, so it's tempting not to trust immediate impressions after three spins of her next set, 2008's Asking for Flowers. But if one has to leap to a relative snap judgment, Edwards' new record sounds just as strong as its fineSee more details below

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Kathleen Edwards' 2005 album Back to Me was the sort of record that grows and reveals new secrets each time you gave it a listen, so it's tempting not to trust immediate impressions after three spins of her next set, 2008's Asking for Flowers. But if one has to leap to a relative snap judgment, Edwards' new record sounds just as strong as its fine predecessor, and shows that she is gaining strength and confidence as a songwriter, qualities she hardly lacked before. Produced by Jim Scott and featuring a handful of top-notch American studio players (Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Don Heffington) alongside members of Edwards' Canadian road band (Colin Cripps, Jim Bryson), Asking for Flowers shows a broader range of colors than her first two albums (both lyrically and musically) than her earlier work. The playful wit of "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory" ("You're cool and cred like Fogerty/I'm Elvis Presley in the Seventies") and "The Cheapest Key" ("Here comes my softer side/And there it goes!") is livelier than her previous work, but the gravity of "Alicia Ross" (based on a true story of a murdered teenager) and "Oh Canada" (a rant against social injustice in her homeland) cuts deep into the heart, and "Oil Man's War" is a tale of a draft-age man fleeing to Canada during the Vietnam War that's affecting and sadly relevant. The music is beautifully rendered and moves with the emotional peaks and valleys with surety and grace. And when Edwards sings about love, as she does often, it's with a naked honesty that's genuinely touching and reinforced by the rough but sweet tone of her voice. Back to Me was the work of a singer/songwriter well on her way to becoming a major artist; Asking for Flowers leaves no doubt that Kathleen Edwards has arrived and made an album that's funny, startling, poignant, and (once again) worthy of repeated play.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
Poignant... fierce... Deserves to outlive all the pap on the current country countdown.
Billboard
[A] masterpiece...filled with literate and provocative lyricism, vivid characters and cinematically engaging scenarios.
No Depression
Deepens her artistic voice without losing any of her tomboyish edge or Tom Pettyish energy.
Los Angeles Times - Ann Powers
Her strongest album ever.
Details
Edwards paints vivid tales of young love and tragedy and fashions catchy country-folk that's more seductive than a liquored up cowgirl.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Zoe Records
UPC:
0601143111525
catalogNumber:
431115
Rank:
13908

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathleen Edwards   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes
Benmont Tench   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Paul Bryan   Bass
Gary Craig   Percussion,Drums
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Percussion,Drums
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Scott   Omnichord
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass
Colin Cripps   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Ginty   Hammond Organ
Jim Bryson   Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Anne Lindsay   Violin
Paul Reddick   Harmonica
Burke Carroll   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Packwood   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Justin Rutledge   Background Vocals
Johann Lotter   Viola

Technical Credits

Richard Dodd   Mastering
Jim Scott   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Stephen Rhodes   Engineer
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Kathleen Edwards   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Dean   Engineer

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