This week, CBC Radio’s Inside The Music is featuring a documentary portrait of Buffy called “Still This Show Goes On”. Tune into CBC Radio Two on Wednesday night at 7pm local time (7:30pm Newfoundland) to listen, or listen online at your convenience here.
Buffy’s brand new album Power in the Blood was released on May 12, 2015, and since has received incredible reviews from all over the world. Some highlights are below.
“Buffy Sainte-Marie has come up with an album to compare with her best…she makes every track count, with a sense of both urgency and stoicism. With dreamy lullabies, hypnotic love songs & pointed politics all delivered with emotional stridency, she blends rich musicality with the force of righteous conviction.” – The Telegraph
“An eclectic bunch of songs both in terms of subject matter (love songs sit alongside examinations of social issues) and sound (full-on rock pushes up against electronics and folk).” – Billboard
“Sounds as vital and as urgent as ever…In fact, Power In The Blood might just be the best album she’s made since the late 1960s. This thing is an utter triumph…Brilliant stuff. Power In The Blood is a masterpiece in a storied career.”- Exclaim! (9/10)
“Hard-hitting… poignantly—and powerfully—expressed.”- The Georgia Straight
“Buffy, now 74, did it her way. End of story.”- Vogue
“Calling Buffy Sainte-Marie just a folksinger is like saying Herbie Hancock is a piano player…(Power in the Blood is) explosive.”- The Province
“Jaw-dropping in its intensity, messaging, musicality and total disregard for gentrification.”- Now
“Buffy is a remarkable artist. Words spew out, melodies rotate & a spell is cast. She has lost none of her power.” – Record Collector (4 stars)
“A dozen songs that ingeniously combine her folk roots with techno beats and rhythms bringing a new validity and vitality to her Native-American-inspired craft.” – Hi-Fi News (91/100)
“This is the latest opus of an artist in perpetual motion, someone who still has something to say.” – R2 Mag (4 Stars)
“The Canadian-born First Nations legend pulls no punches on her new album.”- Hello Magazine
“Buffy has the extraordinary power to take songs old & new, written by herself or others & make them freshly pertinent, universal, yet distinctly her own.” – The Independent (4 Stars)
“The Cree folkie in fine bellicose form.” – Mojo (3 Stars)
“Propulsive and profound, urgent and exhilarating, timeless anthems of resistance, protest and peace.” – CBC Music
Buffy sat down with World Cafe for an interview, which can be heard below and also features live performances of some selections from her brand new album Power in the Blood as well as a couple of classics. Enjoy!
The 2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List was revealed today in Halifax, and Buffy is pleased to share that her brand new album Power in the Blood is among the 40 long list nominees! Check out the full list of Polaris long-listers here
Short List nominees will be announced on July 16, with the grand prize being awarded on September 21. Stay tuned!
While in Ottawa for the Truth and Reconciliation closing ceremonies last week, Buffy sat down with Wendy Mesley on CBC’s The National to talk about the path to Truth and Reconciliation as well as Power in the Blood. Check it out below: