Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers (4 stars)

Kathleen Edwards



Like all the best Americans, Kathleen Edwards is actually Canadian, although you’d be hard pressed to tell on the basis of her third studio album. Her punchy-yet-tender, world-weary-yet-impassioned take on country and rock could put half of Nashville to shame.

In particular it has balls. ‘B is for bullshit’ she spits at her rat of a man in ‘The Cheapest Key’, while ‘Oil Man’s War’ spears George Dubya. Think Lucinda Williams’ woman scorned thing, Whiskeytown’s good-time vibe, and a propensity for sticking it to The Man à la Neil Young. Hold on, he’s Canadian too. Ah, you get the idea.

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