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On her second solo album, Ruth Moody further explores inner regions of the heart while adding new twists and embellishments to her acoustic-based approach. As one-third of The Wailin’ Jennys, the Canadian singer/songwriter established herself as a gifted ensemble member. On her own, she can probe a full emotional range with unusual sensitivity. With production input from David Travers-Smith, Moody stretches her folk sound beyond traditional confines, most notably on a simmering cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” That song's mix of longing and resolve is echoed in Moody’s own writing, especially the title track (an aching survivor’s ballad shaded with synths and horns) and “Nothing Without Love” (tender yet resolute, with old-time jazz accents). Mark Knopfler lends murmuring guitars and a dark-tinged vocal to “Pockets”; Aoife O’Donovan adds to the vocal richness of “One Light Shining.” Moody’s finely textured soprano gives These Wilder Things an appealing intimacy. The album’s upbeat moments (like the love song “One and Only”) help balance its prevailing bittersweet tone.

Customer Reviews

Great sophomore album!

As soon as I downloaded the Garden I began waiting impatiently for this sophomore effort from Ruth. And I wasn't disappointed. This album is sophisticated--from introspective solo ballads (These Wilder Things) to a duet with Mark Knopfler (Pockets) to a sweet and hopeful ballad (One Light Shining) to a cover (Dancing in the Dark)--this album has a little bit of everything. Ruth pushes the stylistic boundaries by including a wide range of instruments, including slide guitar, strings, and horns, each eliciting a different mood. Through it all the accompanying vocals are tender, yet powerful and complex, as we have come to expect from Ruth. A beautiful album from a beautiful musician, a woman of hope and peace, who challenges us to see the beauty that is all around us. Well done, Ruth! Now, when's that next album coming out . . . ?!

Top notch folk

Great voice and melodies. This is the kind of things you wish your radio played. Takes you to a whole new peaceful world.

2 in a row!

Great 2nd solo record. Ruth is amazing.


Born: Australia

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, Winnipeg, Manitoba-raised singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is the former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk (which would later become the Duhks), and a founding member -- and one third -- of the internationally celebrated, Billboard-charting, Wailin' Jennys. Moody's first solo album, The Garden, appeared in 2010 on Red House Records. It was nominated for a Juno. After the Wailin' Jennys released their Juno-winning Bright Morning...
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