10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Ruth Moody

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 Stars in 2011 and completed a world tour, Moody recorded her second solo offering, These Wilder Things, which featured contributions from Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Aiofe O'Donovan, and her bandmates. The album was released in May of 2013. ~ Thom Jurek

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