SERENA RYDER > If Your Memory Serves You Well

Written by November 1st, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Label: EMI
Rating: ★★★★☆

Be wowed by the woman with the purest and most arresting vocals currently working in Canada – recalling the soul of Janis Joplin and the sultriness of Maria Muldaur. Just 23, Ryder brings a range and vocal maturity of someone twice her age. She also sings any genre with ease-from jazz and blues to country, rock and easy listening. Here, Ryder leans toward folk and covers a host of Canadian and international songwriters from a bygone era, from a minimalist approach to Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters of Mercy” to giving the Bob Dylan/Rick Danko co-write a new lease with a funky-folk version of “This Wheel’s on Fire.” The record ends with three Ryder originals, including a co-write with Randy Bachman. Overall, Ryder shows her voice is as timeless as those songs and artists she covers.


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