New York Times (Publisher) - 1/5/95, p.C15
Included on Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...Confessional road songs...[that] communicate a lifetime's wisdom with a bone-deep honesty."
Personnel: Ferron (acoustic guitar, vocals), Shelley Jennings (acoustic & electric guitars, guitar synthesizer), Larry Tuttle (Chapman Stick), Calvin Cairns (violin, accordion), Novi Novog (viola), Steve Hilliam (tenor & soprano saxophones), Darryl Havers (piano, synthesizer, melodica, Hammond B3 organ, Clavinet), Adrienne Torf (synthesizer, piano), Don Benedictson (fretless bass, background vocals), Craig Kaleal (drums), John Hudson (log, tenor drum), Jim McGillvery (percussion), Chris Webster (background vocals).
Recorded at Maddock Studios, Winnepeg, Canada; Desolation Sound, Vancouver, Canada; Cherrywood Staion, Vashon Island, Washington.
All songs written by Ferron.
Ferron is not on the same temporal plane as most of us. She expresses herself in spiritual terms so concise and poetic, she creates the perfect art. This Canadian singer/songwriter has recorded six brilliant albums over the span of her career, originally emerging from the women's music explosion of the early '80s, but quickly surpassing that scene in quality, content and appeal. Ferron's lyrics are flawless story poems with tight melodies cloaking heady imagery, all draped in the rolling waves of her unique, captivating, chewy phrasing.
The dense, moody, and slow-pulsed DRIVER is a collection of prose-driven songs as substantively lyrical as any of her previous music. The divergent rough-as-gravel and smooth-as-hot tar qualities of her vocals combine to create a sticky, sturdy aural road for her heavy musical vehicles.
From the awakening of "Breakpoint" to the closing dream that is "Maya," DRIVER displays Ferron's genius in a more bottomless, resonant way than any previous album--effectively mapping relationships from birth to death, through love and solitude. DRIVER may not be as accessible as her previous albums; it is, however, her richest and deepest effort.
Personnel: Ferron (vocals, acoustic guitar); Shelley Jennings (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar synthesizer); Calvin Cairns (violin, accordion); Novi Novog (viola); Darryl Havers (melodica, piano, Clavinet, synthesizer); Steve Hilliam (soprano saxophone); Adrienne Torf (piano); Don "DB" Benedictson (fretless bass, background vocals); Larry Tuttle (Chapman stick); Craig Kaleal (drums); John Hudson (log drum); Chris Webster (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Sheldon Zaharko.
Recording information: Cherrywood Station, Vashon Island, WA; Desolation Sound, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Maddock Studios, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Unknown Contributor Role: Ferron.