The Truth According To Ruthie Foster
is the follow up to The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
, which amassed a great deal of critical acclaim including this in the New York Post: “Foster has a deep gritty voice with a little Janis and some Aretha that will please discerning soul and rock fans". The Boston Globe has said: “Foster is a natural-born singer with a voice that is potent, unfussy and…deeply moving”.
The new album springs to life with a jaunty ‘70s vibe on the Ruthie-penned “Stone Love". From there, Ruthie paints with all the vivid colors on her palette: yearning desire amid a bouncy reggae beat on “I Really Love You,” heartbreak in the lyrics of the Patty Griffin tune “When It Don’t Come Easy,” funky horns on another Ruthie original “Dues Paid In Full,” the raw punch of “Nickel and a Nail,” and the deep-felt blues of “Tears of Pain.”
A touch of several soul greats (think Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke) in her voice, working with classical gospel, blues, roots & folk material in a manner that is both contemporary & classic - a little like early Ry Cooder -- Rock n Reel, 9 February, 2009
An enjoyable & fine CD. Foster's voice is soulful & expressive. Well produced. Highly recommended -- Blues & Rhythm, 9 February, 2009
Ruthie Foster has a voice that will take your heart and caress it and this album will be a worthy addition to any collection.
-- Net Rhythms,9 February, 2009
The young Texan singer mixes soul, gospel, blues & folk to absolutely stunning effect. She deserves international recognition. -- Blues News,9 February, 2009
Well worth the wait, thoughtful & often ear-catching performer. **** Four Star -- ECHOES, 9 February, 2009