Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
[Excerpt] …It’s that humanitarian streak sitting astride her music which has always won her the affection of audiences since hitting the scene in 1962. Now, 47 years later, she’s every bit as much in her powers as in that halcyon and turbulent era. Backed by a crackerjack outfitâ€”and even Taj Mahal on one trackâ€”she serves up a dozen excellent tracks, a few of which will definitely see coverage well into the future, especially Too Much is Never Enough, an extremely catchy ditty. A gratifying fusion of Native rhythms and philosophy pervade much of this CD, and they’re a very welcome element, a whole dimension of something scamped by modern rockers, folkers, and jazz musicians even though the sonorities preceded all other arts on this continent…
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On her first album in 13 years, folk icon and Native American activist Buffy Sainte-Marie comes out swinging. She takes on corporate greed over the furious tribal beat of “No No Keshagesh” and makes effective use of audio samples of pow-wows on both the blistering “Working for the Government” and the dance-floor-ready “Cho Cho Fire.” With those three cuts followed by a gorgeous, lilting reworking of her own “Little Wheel Spin and Spin,” Running for the Drum boasts a simply phenomenal opening sequence. Those songs speak to the depth of Sainte-Marie’s focused folk-singer outrage and her still-razor-sharp ear for a memorable pop hook.
The Wire magazine
Illumnations: One the “100 Albums That Set the World on Fireâ€
Published online September 16, 2007
Buffy Sainte-Marie (CD review Vanguard Records)
Who is the only Native American/Canadian to win an Academy Award Oscar?
Buffy Sainte-Marie was an Indian before it became fashionable to be one and sang about Native issues when nobody else did. She also wrote and performed songs about the state of the world, and people’s sweetest emotions. This record serves to remind us all of her unique voice and unwavering strength of character.
But it’s not just vocally and lyrically that makes her so distinctive. Think about other single female folk acts that you know of from that era and what comes to mind? Simple melodies plucked out on a guitar and basic arrangements about as threatening as the flowers they wore in their hair. At the same time, Buffy was using electronics and overdubs to stretch and distort her voice in the harmonies on songs like God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot, and The Vampire in 1965!
Toronto Star – Lenny Stoute, Special to the Star
BUFFY’S BACK WITH THE FIRST ALBUM IN 15 YEARS
“…the truly babe-acious”
She walks into the room and the distinct society thing takes a hike in the presence of the truly babe-acious. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s had lots of practice at handling compliments graciously. She laughs hugely and turns the talk to the merits of the space-age fabric that clings to her body like life itself.
Coincidence and Likely Stories offers up shrewed and insightful chronicles of what’s going down, steeped in lovejuice and wrapped warm with womanly empathy. The music’s well up to date, Buffy being no slouch when it comes to composing with the Apple Mac, … and being relevant as she is, this is a piece of work that’ll hold its own in the commercial arena.
And nobody wears it better.