Ruth Moody in Review

MUSIC matters REVIEWS

Posted on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011.

Ruth Moody is the acclaimed soprano voice of the Wailin’ Jennys. She is also a wonderful singer-songwriter who is as comfortable singing with a piano as she is with banjo and mandolin. Her classically trained voice makes her capable of hitting and holding incredibly pure and lovely notes, but it is the fact that her singing is full of feeling and personality that makes her so appealing. With the variety of styles and arrangements, I was surprised to note that Moody wrote all of the songs. In particular “Travellin’ Shoes” struck me as funky folk-rock cover of a Townes Van Zandt song. As for the playing on the album, there is a long list of outstanding guest musicians including Luke Doucet, Kevin Breit, Crooked Still and her Wailin’ Jennys partners, but Moody’s own playing on piano, guitar, banjo and ukulele impresses with its sophistication and attention to tone. The production is as polished as the talent, making this a great-sounding example of what is possible when musicianship meets creativity.