Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur (MapleMusic / Universal Music Canada)

Since we last heard from Ottawa’s Kathleen Edwards in 2008, the singer-songwriter has been divorced but has found new love with Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver. But even with such a potentially heavy air hanging over her, Edwards delivers a stunning record. Rather than making a strictly alt.country record as she has been wont to do on past records, she uses her new found relationship with Vernon to her advantage who helps add minimal yet effective soundscapes that serve to compliment her already strong song writing skills. Heartbreak has never been as compelling to listen to.