The Garden

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
An effort away from the Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody's solo project has her lithe and lean voice singing original songs that speak to rural folk music dialects. It is far removed from the multicultural big-city metropolitan music of where it was recorded in Toronto, closer to Appalachian mountain music, replete with acoustic stringed instruments from many special guests, and the down-home feel that comes from the soul of a country girl. These compositions from Moody reflect lost love, yearning, the cold weather months, and a sense of loneliness easily cured by companionship. While she plays banjo, piano, ukulele, acoustic guitar, and accordion, her sweet and supple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
An effort away from the Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody's solo project has her lithe and lean voice singing original songs that speak to rural folk music dialects. It is far removed from the multicultural big-city metropolitan music of where it was recorded in Toronto, closer to Appalachian mountain music, replete with acoustic stringed instruments from many special guests, and the down-home feel that comes from the soul of a country girl. These compositions from Moody reflect lost love, yearning, the cold weather months, and a sense of loneliness easily cured by companionship. While she plays banjo, piano, ukulele, acoustic guitar, and accordion, her sweet and supple voice is the focal point of these selections, with the garden of life in mind. While the title track depicts that garden as a more spiritual place, the harshness and isolation of winter seem foremost on Moody's mind on other tracks, the temptress in her coming out during "Cold Outside" as she asks her mate to come inside. There are two duets with the great singer Heather Masse, "We Could Pretend" and the country waltz "Closer Now," where their voices blend beautifully, and suggesting that a full-blown project should be in the works. The most universally appealing song is "Travellin' Shoes" in a light pop
ock beat, while "Nest" is pure country, as producer David Travers-Smith evokes the passion of Moody during "Tell Me," adding some of his trumpet playing, among many other instruments he plays on this date. In many ways this is a delightful, subtle, and restrained effort by Ruth Moody, not so much surprising as it is delicious and refreshing, recommended to her fans and those who enjoy the Jennys collective.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651023029
  • Catalog Number: 230
  • Sales rank: 33,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Garden (4:40)
  2. 2 Cold Outside (4:14)
  3. 3 Travellin' Shoes (3:05)
  4. 4 We Can Only Listen (3:49)
  5. 5 Within Without You (2:46)
  6. 6 Never Said Goodbye (2:58)
  7. 7 Winter Waltz (3:10)
  8. 8 Nest (3:33)
  9. 9 We Could Pretend (4:35)
  10. 10 Tell Me (3:11)
  11. 11 Valentine (3:42)
  12. 12 Closer Now (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruth Moody Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Accordion, Ukulele, Vocals
Mark Mariash Drums
Joe Phillips Bass
Kevin Breit Electric Guitar, Mandola, national steel guitar
Luke Doucet Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Colin Cripps Electric Guitar
David Travers-Smith Organ, Trumpet, Keyboards, Omnichord
Jean Martin Drums
Matt Peters Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Downing Bass
Richard Moody Violin
Aoife O'Donovan Background Vocals
Kathleen Kajioka Violin, Viola
Paul Mathew Bass
Nicky Mehta Background Vocals
Brittany Haas Fiddle
Christian Dugas Drums
Corey DiMario Bass
Joel Stouffer Drums
Ryan Driver Synthesizer
Heather Masse Background Vocals
Jeremy Penner Fiddle
Joey Wright Electric Guitar
Leanne Zacharias Cello
Tristan Claridge Cello
Oh Susamma Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Stockwell Engineer
David Travers-Smith Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Mastering
Justin Haynes String Arrangements
Matt Peters Composer
Richard Moody Engineer
Lloyd Peterson Engineer
Ruth Moody Composer
Jacob Silver Engineer
Ron Sawchuk Artwork
Jeremy Penner Engineer
Derek Norton Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful, timeless, hauntingly beautiful

    Ruth's wonderful voice will be familiar to fans of the Wailin' Jennys, the band she founded with Nicky Mehta. This is her first full-length solo album.

    It is a work of amazing beauty, calmness and musicianship. It is a transforming experience to listen to it. I have experienced this before with the Jennys, but this is on a new level. The production, by David Travers-Smith, is of outstanding quality. Stylistically the collection of songs is beautifully balanced.

    Ruth assembled a formidable collection of musicians to back her up - all the Jennys are there at some point, plus, for example, Aoife O'Donovan and Brittany Hass from "Crooked Still" and her own brother Richard on violin.

    Please support her, and give yourself a wonderful experience, by buying this for your self and everyone you can think of who might like it.

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