Ruthie Foster: The Truth According to Ruthie Foster
|Blue Corn |
Music •••• Sound ••••
Propelled by an aces-up backing band that includes guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Jim Dickinson, this Memphis-recorded set finds Foster using her core eclecticism as more springboard than calling card, and the overall skew toward blues and gospel-edged R&B pays off handsomely. Tracks like the swinging "Stone Love," the sinewy "Truth!," and the funk-filled "Dues Paid in Full" deftly showcase Foster's muscular vocals as well as her way around a lyric.
Topping it all off, there's "Joy on the Other Side," an acoustic piece with Foster on slide guitar that's simply, well, phenomenal. And that's the truth.