Asking for Flowers

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Asking for Flowers
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
GenreCountry, rock, pop
LabelMapleMusic Recordings (CDA)
Zoë Records (US)
ProducerKathleen Edwards, Jim Scott
Kathleen Edwards chronology
Back to Me
Asking for Flowers
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
The Music Box4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [5]

Asking for Flowers is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards. The album was released March 4, 2008, and was well received by critics, similarly to her first two albums released under Zoë Records, Failer and Back to Me. The Canadian Press said of the album's track list, "unlike your average floral arrangement, there's not a dud in the bunch."[6] The Boston Globe reported that the album had similarities to Edwards' 2005 album Back to Me, but showed maturity as a singer and songwriter.[7]

The album contains many references to figures in the Canadian media, including murder victim Alicia Ross, and controversial former hockey player Marty McSorley.

The album peaked at number 102 on the Billboard 200 and in the number one spot on the Top Heatseekers chart, and was a nominee for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kathleen Edwards.

  1. "Buffalo" – 5:15
  2. "The Cheapest Key" – 2:42
  3. "Asking for Flowers" – 5:02
  4. "Alicia Ross" – 5:06
  5. "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory" – 4:37
  6. "Oil Man's War" – 4:01
  7. "Sure as Shit" – 4:09
  8. "Run" – 3:43
  9. "Oh, Canada" – 3:59
  10. "Scared at Night" – 4:09
  11. "Goodnight, California" – 6:28
  12. "Lazy Eye" – 3:29 / "I Can't Give You Up" – 2:32 / "Asking for Flowers" (exclusive version) – 4:48 (All three cuts were online bonus tracks available through various outlets.)



  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Asking for Flowers at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Asking for Flowers". Robert Christgau.
  3. ^ The Music Box review
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review Archived August 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ "Kathleen Edwards blossoms on her new CD 'Asking for Flowers': review". The Canadian Press. 2008-03-03. Archived from the original on 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  7. ^ "With third album, Edwards finally blooms". The Boston Globe. 2008-03-04. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  8. ^ "2008 - Winners and Nominees". Polaris Music Prize. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-09.