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Blue Horse

Be Good Tanyas Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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1. The Little Birds
2. Broken Telephone
3. Rain And Snow
4. Lakes Of Pontchartrain
5. Only In The Past
6. The Coo Coo Bird
7. Dogsong aka Sleep Dog Lullaby
8. Momsong
9. Don't You Fall
10. Up Against The Wall
11. Oh Susanna
12. Light Enough To Travel

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On Blue Horse, 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, revelling in the interplay of their beautifully trilling voices. Blue Horse is deeply rooted but no 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 lilt redolent of Rickie Lee Jones 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

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5.0 out of 5 stars I am In Agreement Oct. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
just wanted to agree with the people who have pointed this out as the excellent album it is. Perhaps one of the only things that I would like to point out is the superlative Chieftains style treatment of the old standard "Coo Coo". What should sound like old hat is fresh and new on this album. The Blue Horse gets top marks.
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By Charles
Format:Audio CD
These four women (that's counting Jolie Holland!)
produce some of the most beautiful, sweet, wierd,
intriguing, compex, and utterly arresting haunting
vocals I have heard anywhere ever. And I listen
to a lot of stuff -- broad spectrum, as it
were ... "Oh Susanna", "The Lakes of Pontchartrain",
and "Littlest Birds" are three of the most beautiful performances you will ever hear. Trust me. And
the rest of the CD is good too, but you can discover
the rest for yourself. The price of the CD is worth
the three above-mentioned songs alone. (You've
heard "Oh Susanna" a thousand times? You're bored
with the song? Listen at it again, Jack ... this is
the definitive version. It's sublimely beautiful,
beyond your wildest expectations.)
Cheers to all of ya (and Be Good, you Canadian and Texas
Tanya girls ... I'm looking for you to show up in New
Orleans. I'm holding my breath.)
-- Charlie D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars canada finally earns my respect Nov. 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
who would have thought that this would be the album that finally made me admire canadian music as an entity and even begin to love its inherent gritty charm? i mean, i know that a lot of amazing musicians like joni mitchell, neil young and fred eaglesmith are canadian and they're great and everything, but i've always thought of great canadian music as an exception to the rule. it's an ethnocentric world-view, i know, but i've given it up; The Be Good Tonyas' Blue Horse insists that there is a rawness and depth that is uniquely northern, and i have not found that essential vitality in american music, ever.
upon listening to the album, two things immediately occured to me: 1) the melodies of these songs are simple and flawless, the harmonies beautiful and completely unexpected. i found myself constantly thinking, 'wow, i never would have thought of that'; and 2) they're just so cool, and they don't even try. in fact, i'm going to go out on a limb here and say that frazey ford's lazy, seductive, semi-slurred vocal delivery is the essence of what jeff tweedy, ryan adams, and their alt-country disciples have built careers around trying to simulate.
the be good tonyas are the real deal. you can't listen to their songs without believing them and without your heart breaking along with theirs because they don't fake it. there's no bells and whistles and what you see is (thank God!) what you get. they could be your sister, your girlfriend, that wierd hippy friend you see once a year--sitting on your couch and singing you a new song she just wrote. and you can't help but love it, glitches, flubs, off-key notes and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Be Good Tanyas - What heaven sounds like July 20 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Be Good Tanyas are the perfect antidote to the soulless treacle passing for music these days. With their sparse, flawlessly executed tunes, haunting, elegant vocals, and intelligent lyrics, one gets the sense that they actually recognize the power of music and are devoted to their craft and not the pursuit of profits. Instead of providing merchandising opportunities or a springboard into multimedia dominance, the Be Good Tanyas make music that speaks directly to he heart. The messages are simple - pain and hope and comfort - but eternal. Refreshing as a summer rain, shining with understated enthusiasm, I can only hope the US music industry is paying attention. After the success of Down from the Mountain, one would hope that major record labels would be quick to seek out quality artists for a thirsty audience wandering too long in a desert of Brittany's and Jlo's. Equally disheartening is that the very best in music these days comes from Canada (besides the Be Good Tanyas, check out Sarah Harmer) and Australia (Kasey Chambers). Do yourself a favor, toss all of those American Idol wannbe CDs in the dumpster, pick up the Be Good Tanyas, and listen to what quality music should sound like. Maybe in a few years, the anemic US music industry will finally catch up to the discriminating standards of fans that appreciate music and not celebrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something new and wonderful Nov. 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the best CD of any genre I've heard this year, even though I'm not sure what genre it is. I suppose they've created a new one. If you like the sound clips here, you'll like the entire CD, which is remarkably consistent.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vancouver trio
This is an amazing trio from this Vancouver based group. Stumbled into a concert a few years back not knowing who they were and became an instant fan. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Excellent
One of my very best cds in my collection. I never get sick of listening to the Be Good Tanyas.
Published on July 12 2004 by Diana Moll
5.0 out of 5 stars needed this
I have to give 5 stars to women who put themselves out there and do what they want. Their music is familiar, yet different enough to keep my interest. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars OK I'm Too Lazy To Write Reviews for both CDs
So, one review applies to both The Be Good Tanyas' cds. Incredible! If you like roots music, if you like beautiful darkly turned music by sweet, child-like voices, you'll love... Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by timwellman
5.0 out of 5 stars they found it
Someone has finally picked up the scent of folk, wherever it has been lost to the four winds all of these years. Read more
Published on June 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars these girls are saving modern music
the be good tanyas are one of the greates female bands since joni mitchell.
Published on April 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I absolutely love this CD!! The harmony, acoustics everything about it is simple, ear-catching, and 'soulful'. If you like relaxing, yet inspiring music then you'll love this one. Read more
Published on April 16 2003 by Leanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy music
I bought this CD a year ago after seeing an ad for the Tanyas in "No Depression" magazine and then hearing to "The Littlest Birds" on their Web site. Read more
Published on March 4 2003 by M. Herbst
5.0 out of 5 stars and the leading voice sounds like ...
norah jones!!
excelent cd, no middle of the road quality, even if standards are there. a "must" in your collection, interesting, infectious, deep, joyful. Read more
Published on March 4 2003 by Javier A. Goliszewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
This album is amazing; if you could wear-out a CD I would have done so by now. The BGTs have beautiful voices, amazing harmonies, and are great on their instruments. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Jonathan Foise
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