Ruth Moody in Review

The Toronto Star

Posted on Monday, August 23rd, 2010.

Here’s an ideal, gentle accompaniment to a summertime swing in a hammock. There’s no shortage of female singer-songwriters in any genre, but few lay it all out with the seductive grace of Ruth Moody, the Australian-born, Winnipeg-raised member of the Wailin’ Jennys. With the help of producer David Travers-Smith, Moody has decorated her first, full-length solo album with a dozen gorgeous musical excursions. Each pays some sort of homage to traditional country, with a discreet banjo lick here, some mandola or fiddle there, but these are highly personal, gently rendered ballads that transcend any one style. The discreet modulations in Moody’s silken vocals are seductive enough, but she also plays many of her own instruments, including guitar, piano and accordion. Top track: “The Garden.” The title track whispers this irresistible invitation, “O light surrounding me/ Sweet mystery/ In everything I see/ Come and find me in the garden . . .” Oh, yes.

★★★½

– John Terauds Toronto Star