Observations bloom into "Flowers" for Edwards

Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:48pm EST
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TORONTO (Billboard) - Kathleen Edwards admits that her music isn't easy to classify.

The critically acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter's third album, "Asking for Flowers," bows March 4 on Maple Music in Canada and Rounder in the United States.

The new set, co-produced by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Whiskeytown), offers a more elaborate take than before on Edwards' distinctive brand of pop, rock and Americana.

"I delivered a record that I think is less commercial," she says. "A lot of people would probably be happy if I wrote a lot of poppy, catchy songs -- I'm just not in that head space."

It took a while for Edwards to figure out what shape the record would take.

"I really had nothing in the bank (song-wise) when I came off tour in 2006," she says. "Now I'm at the other end of it, I realize a lot of my songs come from having observations of those around me, and I hadn't had many because I'd just been on the road."