Abi Tapia
The Beauty in the Ruin       2008

Freight Train Boogie .com by Don Grant

This is the third release by transplanted Texican Tapia, and it consists of an even dozen self-penned originals songs performed with a veritable who’s who of the Austin scene. Her music ranges from pensive introspection, as in the opener, “Another State Line” to an upbeat perspective on life and love, “Let the Lover Be”, with a very nice violin line, (I’m such a sucker for that instrument), by Eleanor Whitmore.

Produced by long time collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Chris Gage, The Beauty in the Ruin lies somewhere in between country and folk, and her lyrics bring to mind some of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s better work. Tapia exhibits more confidence and poise than in 2005’s One Foot Out the Door; I think she knows where she’s going these days. 

- Bob Gottlieb