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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
On this CD recorded at various shows, Ruthie Foster is a folkie at heart, but she meshes various styles and nuances into each song, beginning with the short but pleasing tango-like intro to the powerful and soulful "Ocean of Tears." The song glides along gracefully as Foster's earthy delivery fuels the slightly Latin textures, with assistance from partner Cyd Cassone on percussion. Foster's uplifting and spiritual approach often keeps original acoustic folk tunes like "Crossover" flowing effortlessly. "This is something I wrote in a Sam Cooke style," she says before starting "Another Rain Song" with more of a bluesy folk approach with minimal instrumentation. The first of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
On this CD recorded at various shows, Ruthie Foster is a folkie at heart, but she meshes various styles and nuances into each song, beginning with the short but pleasing tango-like intro to the powerful and soulful "Ocean of Tears." The song glides along gracefully as Foster's earthy delivery fuels the slightly Latin textures, with assistance from partner Cyd Cassone on percussion. Foster's uplifting and spiritual approach often keeps original acoustic folk tunes like "Crossover" flowing effortlessly. "This is something I wrote in a Sam Cooke style," she says before starting "Another Rain Song" with more of a bluesy folk approach with minimal instrumentation. The first of several highlights comes during a give-and-take effort on the reggae-tinged and melodic "Real Love." The singer takes things down somewhat with a jazzy cover of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," with mixed results at best. The stellar "Death Came a Knockin' Travelin' Shoes" is also simple but quite pleasing. Perhaps the sleeper picks come in the second half, as "Prayin' for Rain" and "Get Out of My Way" have a dreamy folk-pop aura in the vein of a sparse Melissa Etheridge. There are a few anecdotes included as Foster mentions how people often think she's Tracy Chapman when they first hear her. The interaction between Foster and the crowd also shines on the rambling "Church," which isn't so much a song as a description of Foster growing up in a Baptist church atmosphere. And by the time you listen to her version of Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susannah," you realize that Foster will be doing this brand of folk quite well for quite a long time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Blue Corn Music
  • UPC: 677967040327
  • Catalog Number: 70403
  • Sales rank: 84,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ocean of Tears (5:35)
  2. 2 Crossover (3:44)
  3. 3 Another Rain Song - Cyd Cassone (4:17)
  4. 4 Real Love - Cyd Cassone (6:15)
  5. 5 God Bless the Child (7:03)
  6. 6 Turn Me On - Cyd Cassone (5:42)
  7. 7 Death Came a Knockin' (Travelin' Shoes) - Cyd Cassone (3:36)
  8. 8 Get Out of My Way - Cyd Cassone (3:51)
  9. 9 Lost in the City - Cyd Cassone (7:24)
  10. 10 Prayin' for Rain - Cyd Cassone (5:15)
  11. 11 Church - Cyd Cassone (7:11)
  12. 12 Walk On - Cyd Cassone (4:10)
  13. 13 Oh, Susannah (4:44)
  14. 14 Full Circle (6:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruthie Foster Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Casey Cassone Percussion, Vocals
Brad Evilsizer Drums
Stephen Zirkel Bass, Trumpet
Will Taylor Piano, Violin, Viola
Samantha Banks Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Charles Prewitt Cello
Cyd Cassone Percussion, Vocals
Steve Zirkel Trumpet, Bass Guitar
Renn Carson Electric Guitar
Tanya Richardson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Brownie McGhee Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Tim Leatherwood Engineer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Will Taylor Engineer
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Neil Ferguson Graphic Design
Sidney Wyche Composer
Ruth McGhee Composer
Steve Friedman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ruthie Foster Composer
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