When: Thu., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. 2012
Voyageur (Zoe), the fourth album from Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, is her first since divorcing Colin Cripps, her longtime guitarist and husband of five years—and she certainly doesn't shy away from calling that union a mistake. In "Pink Champagne" she laments, "Looking back it was such a dumb idea / Five girls in the same colored dress / Book a honeymoon and find yourself thinking / My life is a perfect mess"; in "House Full of Empty Rooms" she sings, "I'm far from perfect / I'm far from anything / But I swear that when we started / I used to make you happy." Coproduced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Edwards's current boyfriend, the album features a softened folk-rock attack and a pop gloss that at its worst—like on the swelling crescendo of "Chameleon/Comedian"—eliminates the subtlety of her melodies. Vernon's emotional effect on Edwards is apparent on "Empty Threat," among other places: Edwards waffles about a move to the U.S., finally promising that "It's not an empty threat," and given that she's admitted in interviews that she shacked up with Vernon in Wisconsin, there just might be a connection. —Peter Margasak Hannah Georgas opens.