Eddi Reader Peacetime
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- Released: February 20, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Compass Records
Dirty Linen - p.90"Reader achieves the perfect marriage between the ancient and the contemporary....'Safe as Houses' is a chillingly frank and human meditation on personal safety in the age of terrorism."
- 1.Baron's Heir & Sadenia's Air - (with Eddi Reader)
- 2.Muddy Watter - (with Eddi Reader)
- 3.Mary and the Soldier - (with Eddi Reader)
- 4.Aye Waukin-O - (with Eddi Reader)
- 5.Prisons - (with Eddi Reader)
- 6.Shepherd's Song, The - (with Eddi Reader)
- 7.Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon - (with Eddi Reader)
- 8.Should I Pray? - (with Eddi Reader)
- 9.Afton, The - (with Eddi Reader)
- 10.Leezie Lindsay - (with Eddi Reader)
- 11.Safe as Houses - (with Eddi Reader)
- 12.Galileo (Someone Like You) - (with Eddi Reader)
- 13.Peacetime - (with Eddi Reader)
- 14.Calton Weaver, The - (with Eddi Reader)
- 15.Ontario - (with Eddi Reader)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Eddi Reader (vocals, guitar); Ian Carr , Paul Livingston (guitar); Boo Hewerdine (acoustic guitar); John McCusker (cittern); Fiona Stephen, Greg Lawson (violin); Kobus Frick (viola); Rudi DeGroote (cello); Michael McGoldrick (flute); Alan Kelly , Andy Cutting (accordion); Richard Evans (cornet); Gavin Hall (flugelhorn); Nick Stones (French horn); Michael Howley (euphonium); Neil Yates (brass); Donald Shaw (harmonium); Ewen Vernal (bass instrument); Roy Dodds (drums); John Enrico Douglas (background vocals).
2003's excellent Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns found the Glasgow native exploring her Scottish roots, a thread she continues to uncoil on Peacetime. Whether the piece is traditional or contemporary, Reader is a first-class interpreter of songs, and her abilities as a singer are indisputably rare. While she can wield her regional lilt like a highland princess ("Mary and the Soldier"), Reader never comes across as a Celtic folk singer. 2002's Driftwood found her tackling tunes from the pens of North American songwriters like Ron Sexsmith and David Rawlings, and Peacetime, despite its overall penchant for traditional works, feels more like that album than it does the Burns collection -- Reader's two duets with the Trash Can Sinatras' John Douglas are highlights. Produced by lauded fiddler John McCusker, who added a lovely brass quintet to the "Shepherd's Song," the arrangements are impeccable, though a tad on the safe, adult contemporary side -- both "Galileo (Someone Like You)" and the title cut are lovely but impossibly shiny, but fans of Reader and her closest contemporary Kate Rusby will find much to love here, especially on charming renditions of "Calton Weaver" (better known as "Nancy Whiskey" to all of you Pogues fans) and Burns' "Leezie Lindsay," and listeners who count the contributions of longtime guitarist Boo Hewerdine as high points of each album will love his superb "Muddy Water." [Peacetime was also released with a bonus track.] ~ James Christopher Monger
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