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Album Review

Tret Fure launched the most recent phase of her long career with Back Home, her first solo album in 11 years, released on her own Tomboy Girl label in 2001, following her '70s days as a pop/rock artist; her career engineering music at the flagship women's music label Olivia Records in the '80s (with a few solo albums thrown in), and her duo with Cris Williamson in the '90s. True Compass is her fourth album for Tomboy Girl and her eighth overall, and it's one that finds her in middle age and mid-career, as well as in the middle of what sounds like a satisfying relationship. "Look What Love Has Given Me," "True Compass," "My Love for You," and "Nothing Can Harm Our Love" are all celebrations of domestic bliss (the first two unfettered, the last two recognizing the importance of love as a bulwark against life's difficulties), while "Six Beers," which sounds like a fictional account, describes a lonely waitress whose apparently male companion is long gone; "The Storm" provides a weather analogy to the necessity of love; and "Leap of Faith" recalls a love's early days. Fure, singing in her warm alto over arrangements dominated by her acoustic guitar, turns from love to childhood memories and nostalgia on "Summer to Me" and "Small Town," while "32 Years" (in which three women help the aging mother of one move out of her home) and the a cappella "Sail Away" reflect on aging and death. Fure is a keen and feeling observer in these songs. The album's only weak spot is the political song, "Try," which is one of those compositions that sounds like it was inspired by a frustrated hour spent watching Iraq war coverage on CNN: "We can put an end to war/But we must try, try, try, try, try." Otherwise, True Compass is a collection of effective reflections on life's middle passage.

Customer Reviews


This is a beautiful piece of work, full of heart and soul and love. The songs are poetry and the music brings them to life. Tret has the amazing gift of telling her own story and making us all feel like she is telling ours. This is her finest yet.

Getting to the Heart of Things

I was recommended by a friend to the music of Tret Fure. I now have all of her albums on my iPod and I absolutely love her composition and her musical artistry. Her songs get to the heart of things and are full of feeling. I feel joy in some of her songs and in some I feel true deep sadness. I can only hope that Tret is already at work on her next album. She is a true artist and will hopefully have a long successful career ahead of her. I like all of her albums, but my favorite is True Compass, as I feel it is a broad collection that touches on all of the human experience. When Tret sings in True Compass I am there with her and experiencing the feelings. Love this album!


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Pop/rocker Tret Fure's personal background is as diverse as her many musical talents. Born in Iowa, she grew up in Illinois and Michigan's upper peninsula, turning professional at 16 to sing in coffeehouses and on college campuses before moving to the West Coast to attend the University of California at Berkeley. She began her music-writing career when she was 19, and worked for a time as a vocalist and guitarist for Spencer Davis, appearing on and composing music for his album Mousetrap (United...
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