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U.S. reissue of the Canadian Folk trio's 2000 debut album. The Be Good Tanyas have achieved cult status since their inception in the late 90's. With classic albums Blue Horse, Chinatown and Hello Love, the three young women were met with ever growing critical and fan acclaim, garnering 4 star reviews in Rolling Stone and MOJO, and selling out concert halls across North America and Europe.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2014 by David Griffin
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2003
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 morePublished on July 28 2003 by timwellman
Someone has finally picked up the scent of folk, wherever it has been lost to the four winds all of these years. Read morePublished on June 23 2003
the be good tanyas are one of the greates female bands since joni mitchell.Published on April 29 2003
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 morePublished on April 16 2003 by Leanne
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 morePublished on March 4 2003 by M. Herbst
excelent cd, no middle of the road quality, even if standards are there. a "must" in your collection, interesting, infectious, deep, joyful. Read more