The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Ignore the inherent hubris reflected in the title of Ruthie Foster's fifth album. Foster more than delivers on this declaration thanks to a rich and soulful singing style enhanced by the Texan's equally formidable playing on guitar and Wurlitzer electric piano. Gospel and blues are obvious influences, notably on the Bill Withers-flavored rhythm arrangement of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)" and her going-to-church interpretation of Son House's "People Grinnin' In Your Face" accompanied solely by handclaps and stomps. Equally effective is how Lucinda Williams's "Fruits of My Labor" is transformed via Foster's controlled vibrato ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Ignore the inherent hubris reflected in the title of Ruthie Foster's fifth album. Foster more than delivers on this declaration thanks to a rich and soulful singing style enhanced by the Texan's equally formidable playing on guitar and Wurlitzer electric piano. Gospel and blues are obvious influences, notably on the Bill Withers-flavored rhythm arrangement of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)" and her going-to-church interpretation of Son House's "People Grinnin' In Your Face" accompanied solely by handclaps and stomps. Equally effective is how Lucinda Williams's "Fruits of My Labor" is transformed via Foster's controlled vibrato and a splash of vibraphone. Most impressive, however, is "Phenomenal Woman," a Maya Angelou poem originally set to music by Canadian artists Amy Sky and David Pickett. With Foster's emotiveness, her ever-present electric piano and the song's female harmonies, "Woman" sounds like an outtake from a late '60s Aretha Franklin album. Throw in self-penned originals like the ultra-funky, organ-driven jam "Heal Yourself" and the lightly orchestrated break-up lament "I Don't Know What to Do With My Heart," and it is clear that The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster is a fitting title.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Ruthie Foster's fifth CD features the singer moving away from her usual genre of modern folk music into soul. While she performs selections by Son House and Sister Rosetta Tharpe and there are bluesy performances, most of the numbers are of more recent vintage. Her powerful voice, which infuses secular music with the power and emotions of gospel, is heard throughout in prime form and she makes a particularly powerful statement on "People Grinnin' in Your Face." Throughout this set, Ruthie Foster sounds a bit like a young Aretha Franklin although not copying her and gives one the impression that she could sing in any idiom that interested her. The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster is a strong example of her musical talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Blue Corn Music
  • UPC: 677967060226
  • Catalog Number: 70602
  • Sales rank: 1,455

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruthie Foster Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Wurlitzer, Foot Stomping
Mike Dillon Conga, Vibes
Gurf Morlix Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
George Sluppick Percussion, Drums
Ned Stewart Sounds
Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dale Spalding Harmonica
Anthony Farrell Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Lucinda Williams Composer
Son House Composer
Dave Pickell Composer
Amy Sky Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Composer
Eric Bibb Composer
Ned Stewart Engineer
Ruthie Foster Composer
Malcolm "Papa Mali" Welbourne Producer, Audio Production
Papa Mali Producer
Cyd Cassone Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    MESMERIZING

    Young artist interprets soul music with depth and feeling. Looking forward to her next CD release.

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