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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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.
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Edwards paints vivid tales of young love and tragedy and fashions catchy country-folk that's more seductive than a liquored up cowgirl.

[A] masterpiece...filled with literate and provocative lyricism, vivid characters and cinematically engaging scenarios.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • UPC: 601143111525
  • Catalog Number: 431115
  • Sales rank: 94,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buffalo (5:15)
  2. 2 The Cheapest Key (2:42)
  3. 3 Asking for Flowers (5:02)
  4. 4 Alicia Ross (5:06)
  5. 5 I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory (4:37)
  6. 6 Oil Man's War (4:01)
  7. 7 Sure as Shit (4:09)
  8. 8 Run (3:43)
  9. 9 Oh Canada (3:59)
  10. 10 Scared at Night (4:09)
  11. 11 Goodnight, California (6:28)
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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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Her best yet

    Considered by the Fordham Radio station as the best album of the year and deservedly so!

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