Ruth Theodore’s songs fascinate audiences with their gripping honesty, distinctive lyricism and unconventional guitar tunings. Often backed by soulful male vocalists, she moves almost recklessly between pacey political passages and stomping slide guitar to enchanting piano pieces that conjure the compositional freedom of a young Keith Jarrett. Turning her music on its head at every opportunity, Ruth’s natural lyricism and deliberate turn of phrase is that of a skilled writer in command of, and having fun with, the idea of contemporary songwriting. And one gets the impression this unique British artist is only just getting started.
“Confident and original” (The Guardian ★★★★).