- Released: July 15, 1997
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
- 1.Glasgow Star
- 3.Rebel Angel
- 4.Sugar on the Pill
- 5.Semi Precious
- 7.If You Got a Minute, Baby
- 8.Lazy Heart
- 9.Shall I Be Mother
- 10.Butterfly Jar
- 11.I Loved a Lad
Personnel: Eddi Reader (vocals, harmonica, piano, concertina); Calum MacColl (acoustic & electric guitars, strings, electric violin, zither, dulcimer, pennywhistle); Boo Hewerdine (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Bernard Butler, Dominic Miller (guitar); Anthony Thistlethwaite (mandolin); Kat Evans (fiddle, electric violin); Electra Strings (strings); Martin Green (soprano saxophone); Anne Whitehead (trombone); Teddy Borowiecki (accordion, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Melodica, keyboards, glockenspiel, bass, tympani); David Piltch (acoustic & electric basses); Roy Dodds (drums, percussion).
Engineers: Gerry O'Riordan, David Bottrill, Teddy Borowiecki.
Recorded at The Snake Ranch, Chelsea, England; Eden Studios, Acton, England.
Personnel: Eddi Reader (acoustic guitar, harmonica, concertina); Calum MacColl (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer, zither, pennywhistle, background vocals); Boo Hewerdine (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion); Teddy Borowiecki (electric guitar, accordion, melodica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, glockenspiel, electric bass, timbales, music box); Bernard Butler (electric guitar); Anthony Thistlethwaite (mandolin); Electra Strings (strings); Martin Green (soprano saxophone); Annie Whitehead (trombone); David Piltch (electric bass); Roy Dodds (drums, tambourine).
Audio Mixer: David Bottrill.
Recording information: Eden Studios, Acton, England; Snake Ranch Studios, London, England.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dominic Miller; Roy Dodds.
Arranger: Eddi Reader.
No surprises here for fans of Eddi Reader's special brand of swooningly pretty folk-rock. All the elements are in place: the melodies that are so simple that there's no reason why they should make you stop whatever you're doing and close your eyes in pleasure, the unapologetic Scots burr that colors every vowel she sings, the multi-tracked harmonies that cascade blissfully down through every chorus, and the lyrics that simultaneously revel in the glory of romantic love and mourn the wreckage it inevitably leaves behind. Then, of course, there are the chiming guitars that just dare you to hold their obviousness against them, knowing you won't be able to. As usual, there are no real rave-ups here; instead, you get the achingly bittersweet breakup croon "Sugar on the Pill" ("Tell me when it's over/So I can move on"), the luxurious hometown ode "Glasgow Star," and a rather dark-hued arrangement of the traditional "I Loved a Lad." Things muscle up just a bit for the retro-soulful "If You Got a Minute, Baby," but that's as tough as she gets on this aptly titled album. Fans of the British folk-rock scene will recognize the fingerprints of her collaborator, Boo Hewerdine, in the melodies and the arrangements, and let's hope they keep working together in the future. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson