Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Kathleen Edwards – The Cheapest Key

“A is for…” It’s not easy liking a song that uses this technique, but Kathleen pulls it off masterfully by including tons of unexpected lines. Some lines sound personal (“E is the exit sign backstage at shows”), some are a bit didactic (“G is for God loves a patient man”), and when put together as a whole they are ultimately fulfilling as rock and roll. I love this sneaky line, the embodiment of a rock and roll soul: “Here comes my softer side . . . and there it goes.” LOL!!! A huge shoutout for Oil Man’s War, which narrates a love story between Annie and Bobby looking for their place in this world. Well written & effectively performed. Kathleen Edwards