Eddi Reader Angels and Electricity
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- Released: March 23, 1999
- Label: Compass Records
Entertainment Weekly - 4/2/99, p.94"Scottish thrush Reader has one of those Midas voices that transmutes into gold amlmost every note it touches. How she's reamined cult-secret is a mystery, but this gorgeous team-up with strummer Boo Hewerdine might set the record straight..." - Rating: A-
CMJ - 4/26/99, p.37"...an acoustic and organic sound that allows [Reader's] intelligent song style to shine through."
Dirty Linen - 8-9/99, p.68"...Great songs, and even better performances. She can still rock...turn a gorgeous ballad...and best of all, she hasn't lost her sense of adventure...nothing less than stunning."
- 1.Kiteflyer's Hill
- 2.Prayer Wheel
- 4.Wings on My Heels
- 5.On a Whim
- 7.Barcelona Window
- 8.Bell, Book and Canddle
- 10.Follow My Tears
- 11.Psychic Reader
- 12.Please Don't Ask Me to Dance
Personnel includes: Eddi Reader (vocals, acoustic guitar); Johnny Scott (acoustic, electric & pedal steel guitars, mandolin, dobro); Calum MacColl (electric, slide & high-strung guitars); Boo Hewerdine (guitar).
Personnel: Eddi Reader (acoustic guitar); Boo Hewerdine (guitar); Calum MacColl (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, dulcimer, zither); Dinah Beamish (cello); Teddy Borowiecki (melodica, piano, harmonium, keyboards); Tim Harris (acoustic bass, electric bass); Roy Dodds (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Britannia Row Studios, London, England (04/1997-12/1997); Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire, England (04/1997-12/1997); Roundhouse Studios, London, England (04/1997-12/1997).
In these health-conscious times, it's tempting to distrust the sweet and pretty. But not everything that tastes good is bad for you. Bear that in mind as you listen to Eddi Reader's latest solo album, on which she teams up with fellow British pop-folkie Boo Hewerdine (who plays guitar, produces, and wrote half the songs) to deliver a luscious program of bittersweet lyrics couched in whipped-cream melodies and airy, largely acoustic production. "Kiteflyer's Hill" takes the threadbare conceit of doomed summer love and turns it into a melancholy but quietly joyful celebration of memory; Reader's version of Hewerdine's "Bell, Book and Candle" beats his own by a mile, primarily due to her gently virtuosic singing; "Follow My Tears" is a heartbreaking portrait of an aging emigrant remembering her good and decent husband and the home they reluctantly left in their youth. No fast songs here -- from beginning to end, this is music that will lull you into a blissful half-doze and mostly keep you there. But that doesn't mean it's boring any more than its sweetness means it's bad for you. ~ Rick Anderson
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