Ruth Moody in Review

R2 Magazine – The Garden Review

Posted on Sunday, July 31st, 2011.

The Garden Review
by Dave White

A founder member of Canadian roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody at last finds time to follow up her 2002 solo EP, Blue Muse with her first full-length collection, The Garden, and it’s not only fans of the Jennys who will find much to savour here in Moody’s compositions and performances.
A striking, somewhat ethereal voice and elegantly constructed songs are ushered along with care and respect by supporting musicians that include Matt Peters, Luke Doucet, Crooked Still and her fellow Jennys, while a splendid production from David Travers-Smith enhances what proves to be a delightful and subtle collection, which ranges from the rootsy, radio-friendly pop of ‘Travellin’ Shoes’ (not a million miles away from the sort of thing The Corrs used to sell in huge quantities) to the Voltaire-inspired and gently hymnal title track, which opens the album in fine style.