Ruth Moody in Review – Ruth Moody The Garden…

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010.

Aptly named The Garden, Ruth Moody’s solo debut is as inviting as a green and shady spot during a heat wave. With Moody’s cool, breezy vocals backed by crisp licks of banjo and guitar, the album is a sophisticated effort that has instant appeal, as well as subtle layers that reward repeated listening. A founding member of Winnipeg, MB’s Wailin’ Jennys, Moody brings in a multitude of talented musicians to assist on her first solo effort, including members of American neo-bluegrass band Crooked Still and Matt Peters of the Waking Eyes. Fellow Jennys Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse sing their familiar harmonies on “Closer Now,” and Luke Doucet and Oh Susanna blend their voices with hers on the upbeat, radio-worthy “Travellin’ Shoes.” Stunning harmonies aside, Moody’s nuanced vocals bring depth throughout to lyrics that alternate between folksy and fanciful. All told, a perfect collection of polished, graceful Americana. (Red House)

– Rachel Sanders