Frazey Ford has carved out a really great solo career outside her work fronting the awesome Be Good Tanyas. On “Indian Ocean,” she finds a soulfulness and bluesy heart, which helps inform and paint the 11 tracks on her superb new album.
Recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios with members of Hi Rhythm Section (who played with Al Green) as her collaborators, Ford explores the DNA of those who played before her in that storied room and really stretches her legs on tracks including “September Fields,” that benefits from Ford’s trademark brassy voice and a flood of horns (the final track is an acoustic version); “Done,” that has a classic Fleetwood Mac feel and lets her vent her frustrations; sorrowful “Three Golden Trees”; and the slow burn of “Weather Pattern” that has a sunburnt ’70s feel and simmers in warm emotions. Really excellent effort by a reliable, flexible musician. (Brian Krasman)