Blue Horse Import
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On their debut CD, three young Canadian songbirds (Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton, and Trish Klein) join the neo-trad movement that has given us such notable voices as Iris DeMent and Gillian Welch. But where Welch finds inspiration in the dark hollows and tragic tales of Appalachian music, the Be Good Tanyas seek out sweetness and light, reveling in the interplay of their beautifully trilling voices. Blue Horse is deeply rooted but is not an exercise in old-time purism; originals outnumber traditional songs, and the core accompaniment of guitar and banjo is often supplemented by bass and drums, creating a Rickie Lee Jones-esque lilt in "The Littlest Birds" and a reggae-tinged groove on the haunting old ballad "Rain and Snow." The band name may be a bit tough to get your lips around, but the music of this talented trio is a refreshing drink from a clear mountain stream. --Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Top customer reviews
There are three female singers, and their voices are plaintive, sweet, forlorn, and gorgeous. They accompany themselves on guitar, banjo and mandolin, and the music has a purity and simplicity that allows it to be piercing and haunting. Their harmonies braid and intertwine and make you want to sing along with them (which believe me you do not want to hear when I do it), and then make you want to shut up and listen, because their singing is so gorgeous you need to be silent in order to appreciate it.
Not a bad song on the album, but check out their renderings of two traditionals: "lakes of ponchartrain" and "oh susanna" to see what these women can really do. If you had told me I would LOVE a version of that old chestnut "oh susanna" I would have thought you completely bananas, but fact is, it is amazing.
Blue Horse was the perfect music for being alone in a car hurtling through the night darkness thinking of love and loss and past and future which I was doing. This is the best cd I have purchased in a long time. I also recommend their second cd, Chinatown, and am waiting breathlessly for the third (oh please hurry up!).
I am absolutely delighted to have discovered such a unique sound. In a broad sense, it reminds me of discovering the Band 30-some years ago, with the loose homey feeling of their music, but these sweet little songs make the Band sound pretentious by comparison. Yes, there are other folk singers, bluegrass singers, alt-country singers with girlish voices who make beautiful music. But none of them makes music like this, and this CD has become an indispensable part of my collection.
It isn't that there is a remarkable voice here, or an amazing instrumentalist. It's the creation of a sound that's truly their own. I'm not sure I'd go as far as those below who call it angelic, but it's surely a sweet, if light, pleasure.