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Blue Horse [The Be Good Tanyas]
The Be Good Tanyas
1. Littlest Birds, The
2. Broken Telephone
3. Rain and Snow
4. Lakes of Pontchartrain
5. Only in the Past
6. Coo Coo Bird, The
7. Dogsong AKA Sleep Dog Lullaby
9. Don't You Fall
10. Up Against The Wall
11. Oh Susanna
12. Light Enough to Travel
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 30917
Futcher; The Be Good Tanyas
The Be Good Tanyas: Samantha Parton (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin);
Frazey Ford (vocals, guitar); Trish Klein (electric guitar, banjo,
Additional personnel includes: Jolie Holland (guitar, fiddle, background vocals).
Recorded at 20 Room Studios, Vancouver, Canada.
Personnel: Samantha Parton (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Frazey Ford (vocals, guitar); Trish Klein (electric guitar, banjo); Andrew Burden (double bass); Paul Clifford (drums).
Recording information: 20 Room, Vancouver; Columbia Academy, Vancouver, BC.
Photographer: Erin Stanfield.
Since the advent of CDs, reviewers ceased using phrases like, "From the moment the needle hit the vinyl, it was clear that Blue Horse had a beautiful, layered sound." Whatever the medium, the Be Good Tanyas have a knack for recharging traditional pieces with a sonic twist. Who would even think to take on a warhorse like "The Coo Coo Bird" or add electric guitar and drums to "Rain and Snow?" Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton, and Trish Klein sing, play multiple instruments (acoustic and electric), and, now and then, write their own material. They fill out their sound with a number of guests who add bass, drums, and a few other embellishments. Guest Jolie Holland adds her vocals to the breezy opener, "The Littlest Birds," a song that borrows, and puts to good use, a few lyrics from Syd Barrett's "Jug Band Blues." A pure country sound washes over "Broken Telephone," at least until an electric guitar takes a break about mid-way, while a jaunty banjo and mandolin energize "Lakes of Pontchartrain." Ford and Parton capably handle most of the vocals but what makes these singers special is how their voices mix and mingle in songs like "Up Against the Wall" and on the latter part of "Only in the Past." The same is true of their instrumental approach. Their motto might be "If it's kind of different and sounds cool, let's see if it will work." The production isn't neutral. Everything has been brightened a bit, and while this might have been distracting on a traditional album with a traditional approach, it perfectly balances the more experimental approach here. Blue Horse is a lovely debut, full of promise and great tunes. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Q (12/02, p.65) - Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002."
Q (2/02, pp.104,106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Intriguing..."
CMJ (10/15/01, p.10) - "...Honest, rustic and talented, the Tanyas are one of the year's best surprises..."
Mojo (Publisher) (April 2002, p.101) - "...They're fine vocalists, whether solo or harmonising like a tripartite Alison Krauss, on these trad-sounding, though often original, songs; carefree but a little blue..."
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