The Beauty in the Ruin
- Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
There are twelve consistently strong
songs on this third disc by this husky voiced Austin based singer in
what might be called a Modern Folk or Country Rock sensibility. She
might well be someone who has been flying under the radar of many
outside of Austin, however this disc should get her much more
notice. It is solid and complete from beginning to the end, there is
not a throwaway cut on it. Tapia wrote all of the tunes and more
than proves her mettle as a songwriter. There is a consistent
bittersweet feeling that pervades the disc but never overwhelms it.
There is a power in her voice that never lets you sink into
melancholia, but consistently keeps you going.
A gathering of Austin All-Stars backs
Tapia and provides some of the tastiest musical excursions around
without ever taking away from either the lyrics or the vocals.
Producer Chris Gage contributes the guitars, keyboards, mandolin,
dobro, percussion, and background vocals. He is ably assisted by
Glenn Fukunaga, who provides some of the best bass lines around,
Bruce Logan on drums, Eleanor Whitmore on violin, Buzz Evans on some
tasty pedal steel guitar and Christine Albert and Bill Small on
background vocals. With sensitivity and directness in songs like
Get It and Go, Just Let Me Go, and The Last Waltz,
there is little doubt that Abi Tapia is heading towards far bigger
stages. This is a disc my ears don't want removed from the rotation.
- Bob Gottlieb