2003/02/20 The Point; Bryn Mawr, PA
if you haven't been to the point to check out kathleen edwards, try and make the trip. this is a review of the show she and her band performed last week, glued together by a set of original songs from the album failer. they will be performing again on thursday, february 27.
in a mixed crowd of coffee, beer, and bottled water drinkers, kathleen edwards delivered a complimentary peformance to the audience's tired hopes that evening; to have a drink, smack the tables, and unleash a containable source of rowdiness built up at the end of school and work weeks. the audience, stocked with a few college students and their more mature hippie counterparts, seemed grateful for the occasion. so on stage the songstress came, armed with a big wooden guitar, two back up boys, and a wild glint in her eye.
as she did on the tonight show, edwards introduced the set with "six o' clock news," one of the most pop-sounding tunes off of failer. she is a long way from being a pop star by today's standards, but could easily run up the adult contemporary chart. who knows, though? in a better world, she would be sharing airtime with avril lavigne. the album as well as the performance itself ranged in moods and themes, bouncing back and forth between the soft harmonies of "hockey skates" to the moody rock and roll of "westby" and "12 bellevue."
the night ended with a refreshing, revved up performance. some members of the audience complained that the music drowned out her lyrics, but on the whole, the energy of the performance forgave some missing vocals. maybe on the next album, edwards will treat us to her poems in the liner notes so that we can all sing along. she has an interesting voice, which if nothing else, would distinguish her from the rest. on stage, the performer can be both a risque', self-effacing comedian ("i thought i'd play a song that was not on the album, for those of you are already bored" she says) and a serious "sweet little duck."
it's diffiicult for a young reviewer to compare kathleen edwards to lucinda williams and neil young, though she's probably getting sick of that anyway. her new album is impressive, whoever its supposed to sound like, and the performance she gave left her fans in bryn mawr quite pleased. here's hoping that the musician will not forget about us when she starts stirring up awards shows.