- Audio CD (13 May 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: True North Records
- ASIN: B00BHBF42K
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
These Wilder Things
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'These Wilder Things' is full of such timeless tunes from the haunting gospel sounds of 'Trouble & Woe' to the bluegrassy 'One Light Shining' (featuring Jerry Douglas) to the Irish-flavored 'Life Is Long'. An impressive follow-up to her 2010 radio-charting debut 'The Garden', this recording delves deeper into darker, indie-pop sounds, especially on songs like the moody title track or 'Pockets', featuring iconic roots-rocker Mark Knopfler on guitar and vocals. "The album deals with some darker themes and has more of an urgency to it." Ruth says. "About half of the album I recorded with my band - so it certainly has lots of live energy". Featuring an all-star cast of players, the record includes performances by her remarkable touring band: Adam Dobres (guitars), Adrian Dolan (fiddle, mandolin, accordion), Sam Howard (upright bass) and her brother Richard Moody (viola) - as well as special guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Still's Aoife O'Donovan, The Wailin' Jennys and noted Celtic players Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker. It was actually John McCusker who first introduced Ruth to Mark Knopfler, who invited her to sing on his 2012 album Privateering (Universal Records). It went so well Ruth was invited to open for his upcoming European tour, and he agreed to sing and play on this new album of Ruth's. She gushes, "Mark is one of my favourite artistsit's been a bit of a dream come true". At times acoustic and understated and at other times electric and adventurous with organ and horns, These Wilder Things explores the midnight heartbreaks and morning revelations of love and loss, bringing us her most personal album to date. "It can be scary to go to some of those darker and deeper places," Ruth says. "But it was rewarding to face it all head onthat is where the real emotional intensity lives and I think that's what moves people." Even the one cover - Bruce Springsteen's 'Dancing in the Dark' - strikes a personal chord sitting easily alongside original radio-friendly tracks like 'One and Only' and 'Nothing Without Love'. Appealing to indie fans as well as lovers of folk and Americana music, 'These Wilder Things' confirms that Ruth Moody is indeed one force to be reckoned with. Ruth Moody is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba and founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys. She has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the Canadian national radio show 'A Prairie Home Companion'. 'These Wilder Things' follows her critically-acclaimed CD 'The Garden', which was nominated for a Juno Award, a Western Canadian Music Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Top Customer Reviews
The album is pleasingly varied. Overall it has an Americana-type feel, but opens - courageously and very successfully - with Trouble and Woe, which sounds like a traditional Appalachian tune with banjo and minimal backing. This is followed in contrast by excellent One and Only, a beautiful, band-backed modern Americana song, and the shifting mood continues throughout - one of the album's great strengths.
Another great feature is the arrangements, which are brilliant in places. Often restrained touches add immense atmosphere and character to a song - the use of minimal strings on One and Only, and the couple of brief appearances of a Brass Band sound on the fabulous title track are a couple of examples. The musicians are uniformly excellent. Ruth Moody herself is a very good singer and musician and the rest here do her proud. They are technically excellent and get the feel of the music exactly right.
I have to say that not every track is a gem. I'm not bonkers about the version of Springsteen's Dancing In The Dark, and the closing track Nothing Without Love is a pretty ordinary song, but the good bits (which is most of the album) are really, really good.
I tried this album because Mark Knopfler makes a guest appearance (unmistakeably playing and singing harmony on the lovely Pockets). It has been a delightful discovery for me and I warmly recommend it.
The first track for anyone new listening would be her cover of Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark", it is enchanting and a different version of the song.
Give this CD a chance, play it a few times and especially allow the lyrics to be really heard. These wilder things had so much meaning for me and the spirit of the music and the singing of the lyrics was first class.
I would be loathed to listen to new artists, maybe because of age but this CD has proved that I still can pick a great album to listen to.
i will be checking out more of her material, Ruth Moody is worth it
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album grows on you steadily, my favourite is pockets but it is all good.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ms Moody is a very competent musician. The recording is best heard using the lyrics provided as her voice is a little bit high and "weedy" and diction is not clear.Published on 1 May 2014 by David T
beautiful album! absolutely adore it. I look forward to get more of Ruth Moody's albums in the future. Highly recommend it if you like gentle, poetic country music.Published on 21 Sept. 2013 by G. Mauri
Heard a track on R2. Ordered it when it came out and, so far, have not engaged with this cd.Published on 28 Aug. 2013 by Elizabeth J Clinton