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Best known as one of the lead singers of Vancouver-based folk trio Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford has released her solo debut Obadiah to critical acclaim. The New York Times says of Ford and Obadiah, “She deals out soul and mountain-music style and Scots-Irish lilts in bold ways. It’s hard to think of another singer who suggests Dolly Parton, Ann Peebles and Feist. She phrases intuitively, waiting on a word and then drawing it out, adding strange new colors to vowels, making whole syllables vanish. There’s an eerily calm conscience at the center of the record — stoic or forgiving or just blank — and you find yourself listening hard for the wisdom in her mumbles. She’s good at this.” The Globe and Mail calls Obadiah “consistently rewarding,” saying it’s “an album of approachable country soul, presented by an artist who recalls the pop charm of Melanie, the gentler side of Otis Redding, the striking colours of Joni Mitchell, the confidence of Buffy Sainte-Marie and the odd, breathy lilts of Cat Power or Feist.”
Check out what other critics have said about Obadiah:
“Think of a Gillian Welch disc that’s more infatuated with Memphis than mountain music. Ford’s distinctive quavering smoky vocals remain the centerpiece, although here she favors a candlelit saloon croon instead of the Be Good’s campfire folkiness.” — American Songwriter
“There’s a laid-back, late-night vibe maintained throughout Obadiah, as Ford unleashes her moody croon over slow to midtempo tunes colored by piano, organ, and Tanyas member Trish Klein’s guitar work and powered by mellow but funky, slow-rolling grooves.”– All Music Guide
“From the silky grooves of opening track ‘Firecracker,’ to the testifying ode to caffeine ‘One More Cup of Coffee,’ Ford belts it out like she was born to sing soul.”– Ottawa Citizen