Ruth Moody in Review

Alberta Local News

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010.

A founding and continuing member of The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody is one of the significant forces on the Canadian roots landscape. Her recently released album is more than impressive and should please those who appreciate her work with the Jennys.

Moody is a talented multi-instrumentalist and demonstrates her abilities on guitar, accordion, banjo, piano and ukulele throughout the dozen tracks contained on her debut, full-length effort.

With strong, insightful songwriting, Moody, a full-voiced soprano, carries this album well above the deluge of confessional diary writing that comprises much of nu-folk.

The gentle, lonesome eroticism of Cold Outside is instantly attractive. The contributions of Crooked Still to the title track are apparent and set the tone for an album of refreshing music.

Simultaneously intimate and welcoming, The Garden is a sparkling collection of songs and sounds that is immediately appealing and which holds up to thoughtful analysis.

– Donald Teplyske