Obadiah (album)

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Obadiah
Obadiah album.jpg
Studio album by Frazey Ford
Released 20 July 2010 (2010-07-20)
Genre Folk
Length 58:33
Label Nettwerk
Producer John Raham

Obadiah is a 2010 album released by Canadian musician Frazey Ford. It is Ford's debut solo album. She had previously released albums as a member of The Be Good Tanyas.

Background[edit]

In a change from her work with the The Be Good Tanyas, Ford focused on performing soul for Obadiah.[1] The album takes its name from Ford's middle name "Obadiah". When she was born, her parents asked her brothers to choose her middle name; they decided to name her after their pet cat Obadiah that had recently run away.[2]

Recording[edit]

Ford recorded the album with guitarist Trish Klein, who was also in The Be Good Tanyas. Klein's partner, John Raham played drums and produced the album. Ford's mother, neighbor, and landlord also appear on the record.[3]

Themes[edit]

Ford has said that the album relates to an emotional time she had with her family.[1][4]

Reception[edit]

Ben Ratliff of the New York Times gave the album a favorable review and commended Ford's blending of soul and country influences.[5] He compared her singing to a diverse group of artists including Dolly Parton, Ann Peebles and Feist.[5]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.1[7]
The New York Times Favorable[5]


Track listing[edit]

Track number Song Writer(s) Length
1 "Firecracker" Frazey Ford 3:45
2 "Lay Down With You" Frazey Ford 4:32
3 "Bird of Paradise" Frazey Ford 5:17
4 "If You Gonna Go" Frazey Ford 3:56
5 "Blue Streak Mama" Frazey Ford 3:46
6 "Lost Together" Frazey Ford 4:31
7 "I Like You Better" Frazey Ford 4:36
8 "Hey Little Mama" Frazey Ford 4:24
9 "The Gospel Song" Frazey Ford 5:42
10 "Going Over" Frazey Ford 3:13
11 "Half In" Frazey Ford 5:05
12 "One More Cup of Coffee" Bob Dylan 4:19
13 "Mimi Song" Frazey Ford 5:27


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yeoman, Paula (19 September 2010). "Album helped grieving process". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Ross, Rick. "Another Country with Rick Ross". BBC Radio Scotland. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Adams, Rob (6 October 2010). "A talent for healing folk". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 8 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Honigmann, David. "Frazey Ford, Purcell Room, London". Financial Times. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Ratliff, Ben (19 July 2010). "Obadiah". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  6. ^ Allen, J. "Obadiah > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Deusner, Stephen. "Obadiah". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 August 2010.