Whether it was looking toward the future or not, in signing Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Kathleen Edwards, Rounder's still-relatively-new rock imprint ZÖe may have made an investment th

Whether it was looking toward the future or not, in signing Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist Kathleen Edwards, Rounder's still-relatively-new rock imprint Zöe may have made an investment that could reward it handsomely in the next few years. While Failer isn't necessarily worthy of all the growing hype it seems to be gathering,

it flashes a timelessness and boasts an overall strength that suggests a bright future for the young, breathy-voiced Edwards. See for yourself in such tracks as lead cut "Six O'Clock News" and the wonderfully titled "One More Song the Radio Won't Like." Superbly backed by guitarist Jim Bryson, Edwards will surely battle comparisons to Lucinda Williams for her gently raspy, sleepy vocals—even if they're slightly more sensual—and because, with her vocals, these mostly acoustic-guitar-based, electric-guitar-driven songs recall few albums as instantly as Williams' masterpiece, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. A smart writer, Edwards has the potential to become a star on the Americana scene during the next decade.—WO