I’m a big fan of Madison Violet’s previous album No Fool For Trying and particularly the award winning track The Ransom which is fully deserving of the accolades it received on it’s release in 2009.
Now the JUNO nominated roots duo are back with another winner The Good in Goodbye, which has occupied a regular slot on my recent listening roster – sticking with producer Les Cooper who looked after the previous album The Good In Goodbye is a beautifully relaxed album to listen too but under the smooth surface there an undercurrent of the sadness in the songs – souls are searched seeking the good in goodbye.
Brenley and Lisa’s vocals are of course the centrepiece of the album but the recording is a team effort and the studio players do a fine job too – Joel Stouffer plays drums, Adrian Lawryshyn and Mark McIntyre bass, Chris Quinn banjo, Robbie Grunwald keyboards with Blair Packham and Ruth Moody (The Wailin’ Jennys) helping out on backing vocals.
Here’s a recent interview and live set with Madison Violet from Proper Music, the duo talk about their history from Zoebliss through MadViolet to present, song-writing, Ron Sexsmith fringes and middle-aged men.
There are also some wonderful audio visual treats featuring live performances of my favourite tracks from the album – feast your eyes on ears on these.
Madison Violet – The Good In Goodbye (youtube mp3)
Madison Violet – Come As You Are (youtube mp3)