Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers (4 stars)

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Kathleen Edwards

(Rounder)

COUNTRY/ROCK

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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