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Faith, Ruby (And The Waiting World) - 2000 Best Of

Ruby Faith - vocals
Tom Da Prato - guitars
Jay Ahl - keyboards, harmonica

This is an 80's blast and a half from this New York trio, coming at you with more retro than you can shake a stick at. I'm listening to this and winding the clock back to 1981 and harking back to the likes of female artists who ruled the airwaves, and quite frankly I'm in my element. Ruby and the team could hardly be accused of being original, but who's playing this style now? I can't put my finger on any one artist but I'm sure others could. A vehicle it seems for the raw vocal talent of Ruby, who spans the spectrum of singers such as Pat Benatar, Debbie Davis (Witness) and Patty Smyth. Pretty good company I'd say. The emphasis is geared towards songs that are commercial pop/rock, and though they do have one leg standing in the 1980's and the other in the 1990's, that comes about because most of the material was actually written back then according to the liner notes. Though the band are primarily a three piece they've used a series of other local muso's to help them out on their songs over time. Therefore the songs are an amalgam of different era's, different personnel and different recording sessions which sees the material fluctuate somewhat, but not detrimentally so. However, if the purpose of this album is to be used as an introduction then it serves it's purpose well.

The Songs
Some of the songs are already up on MP3.COM, namely the excellent 'Rat Trap Town' as well as 'Beautiful Boy', 'Wild Child' and 'Cry Alone'. My personal favourites also include the rollicking pair of 'White Heat' and 'The Right Move' as well as the very Pat Benatar-esque 'Time Flies'. They all move in that 1980's radio/pop headspace occupied by the likes of Quarterflash, Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth and Scandal et al.

In Summary
The entry of AOR Heaven to put Ruby Faith And The Waiting World on their roster is a great move for all concerned. Mr Siegl's fledgling label is now amassing a seriously awesome lineup of talent, which I'm sure in time will look as impressive as our friends over at MTM. 'Best Of' as an album, is a wonderful introduction to a great talent which has really only come to the surface via the exposure power that is MP3.COM, and we can only hope that Ruby, Tom and Jay can write material for a future release which is more current. Which I'm sure they'll do.

Track Listing:
01 Rat Trap Town
02 Beautiful Boy
03 Wild Child
04 Cry Alone
05 Chains
06 Fire In My Soul
07 Hard Times
08 White Heat
09 The Right Move
10 Time Flies
11 All In The Name Of Rock

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