Published Jul 08, 2015
25. Buffy Sainte-Marie
Power in the Blood
It's highly gratifying to see the long-undervalued Buffy Sainte-Marie receive such a positive response to her new album, Power In The Blood. The fire in the belly of the 74-year-old folk music legend still burns bright, and the record stands as one of the very best of her illustrious career. It's a sprawling and stylistically diverse work, one featuring three different producers (Chris Birkett, Jon Levine and Michael Philip Wojewoda) and an elite list of players. She revisits some of her earlier songs and comes up with strong, politically charged new material.
Call this Buffy a vampire slayer; she takes precise aim at polluters and merchants of corporate greed on "Uranium War" and the title track (a collaboration with Alabama 3). Her voice is as distinctive and potent as ever, equally effective in conveying anger and tenderness, as on the haunting ballad "Ke Sakihitin Awasis."