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Album Review

Serena Ryder's third album sounds less like Alanis Morissette than her previous releases. A stirring combination of folk and rock, "Is It O.K." is a solid listen from start to finish, with highlights including "Sweeping the Ashes," "Brand New Love," and the Canadian hit singles "Weak in the Knees" (which actually does sound like Alanis) and "Little Bit of Red." With this release, Ryder shows she has the chops to make it with the best of them — "Is It O.K." won a Juno Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2009 — and the talent to fit nicely in with the cream of the crop of the Canadian music scene. It also shows her as being one step closer to breaking through to the elusive American market, which this album proves she is very capable of doing. Ryder takes the rough approach she gave to folk on "If Your Memory Serves You Well" and the indie cred from her debut album, Unlikely Emergency, and whips up a sonic delicacy. A formidable talent.

Customer Reviews

Amazing album

I heard "weak in the knees" on the radio - used my iPhone shazam to find the singer and stumbled across this album. What luck! Great album. Soft, poignant, great lyrics. Love it.

Great change!

Wow! What a nice, pleasant change to the ears. I love her unique voice. Songs are dark at times which coincides with our life. Wish the airwaves would play her songs and give her a fighting chance.

Great Album

This is such a great album. The tone of the album has some folk and pop to it that makes it so unique. Her voice is a one of a kind and she is terrific live. My favorite songs are Little Bit of Red, Stumbling Over You, Brand New Love, Blown Like the Wind at Night, Truth and Is It Ok.


Born: December 8, 1983 in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised just outside Peterborough in Millbrook, Ontario, songwriter Serena Ryder grew up listening to old Beatles and Leonard Cohen records that she found in her parents' collection. She started singing publicly as a young child and, having received a guitar from her father, began playing the instrument at the age of 13. Songwriting efforts followed. In 2002, the 18-year-old took several recordings from a live Quebec performance and packaged them into an official demo, which eventually made...
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