- Released: September 13, 1994
- Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
Q - 8/94, p.1093 Stars
- Good - "...the peerless Reader vocals drop kick the compositions into the rarefied atmospheres of outer galaxies. These instantly accessible, highly hummable songs hold the eardrums..."
Musician - 10/94, p.86
"...the heartbreak and hard choices described in her songs lend a power and resonance to these songs that keep them from ever seeming like 'easy' listening...worth taking to heart..."
- 1.The Right Place
- 2.Patience of Angels
- 3.Dear John
- 5.East of Us
- 6.Joke (I'm Laughing)
- 7.The Exception
- 8.Red Face Big Sky
- 9.Howling in Ojai
- 10.When I Watch You Sleeping
- 11.Wonderful Lie
Personnel: Eddi Reader (vocals, tambourine); Mark E. Nevin (guitar); Dean Parks (guitar, guitar percussion); Teddy Borowiecki (guitar, accordion, piano, organ, keyboards); David Piltch (bass); Roy Dodds (drums); Curt Bisquera (drums, shakers); Greg Penny (drums, percussion); Katia Lempkowicz, Jon Ingoldsby (background vocals).
Recorded at El Mirador, Ojai, California; Ocean Way, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Eddi Reader (vocals, tambourine, background vocals); Teddy Borowiecki (guitar, accordion, piano, organ, keyboards); Dean Parks (guitar, percussion); L. Katia Ingoldsby, E. Mark Levin, Mark E. Nevin (guitar); Curt Bisquera (drums, shaker); Greg Penny (drums, percussion); Roy Dodds (drums); Katia Lempkowicz, Jon Ingoldsby (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jon Ingoldsby.
Recording information: El Mirador, Ojai, CA; Ocean Way, LA, CA.
Photographer: Kevin Westenberg.
On her second solo album, folk-rocker Eddi Reader moves from strength to strength. The first four songs pack an emotional wallop that might seem to be at odds with the sweet tunefulness and wispy arrangements involved: "The Right Place" is a gentle but firm assertion of romantic confidence; "Patience of Angels" depicts loneliness and despair cloaked in layered vocal harmonies and a quiet waltz rhythm; "Dear John" is perhaps the tenderest kiss-off song ever written; "Scarecrow" is about... well, it's kind of hard to tell what "Scarecrow" is about, but it's one of the prettiest pieces of jangle-pop you're ever likely to hear. After that? Well, "East of Us" is a little bit swampy, and "Howling in Ojai" is a (blessedly brief) self-indulgent waste of time. But in between you get the wry and relatively rockish "The Exception" and after them you get the wistful "Wonderful Lie," and "When I Watch You Sleeping" has something in the transition to the chorus that sounds like Peter Gabriel, in a good way. Over all of it hangs a certain je ne sais quoi that will have you going around hugging all your friends after the album's over. They may be annoyed, but you'll feel great. ~ Rick Anderson