A GIRL CALLED EDDY

 LP- RELEASED ON ANTI RECORDS ON 21 JUNE 2004 IN ENGLAND AND 10 AUGUST 2004 IN AMERICA

 

TRACKLIST (songs with links have lyrics and discussion on a separate page)
 
1. Tears All Over Town (E Moran) 4:01
2. Kathleen (E Moran) 4:47
3. Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside (E Moran) 4:48
4. The Long Goodbye (E Moran/C Shaw) 3:58
5. Somebody Hurt You (E Moran) 5:07
6. People Used To Dream About The Future (E Moran)   5:33
7. Heartache (E Moran) 4:34
8. Life Thru The Same Lens (E Moran) 4:18
9. Did You See The Moon Tonight? (E Moran) 3:44
10. Little Bird (E Moran) 3:54
11. Golden (E Moran) 5:53
 

 

The debut full-length album was one of the musical highlights of 2004. It was a steady seller, remaining on or close to the Amazon UK top 100 for many weeks after release and gaining almost universally rave revoews.

From the strong opening track to the epic closer, Golden, this is an album of beauty, power and deep emotion. The producer is Richard Hawley, formerly of Pulp, who also plays many of the guitar and other instrumental parts on the record. Other musicians on the record include Colin Elliot, Shez Sheridan, Andy Cook, Simon Stafford and Ali Heath-Cook, while there are strings on tracks 2,3,5 and 6, and horns on track 6. All the tracks on the album are originals, including one co-write.

The packaging of the album reflects one of those faded vinyl records in your collection; maybe a hearkening back to those older and better times, both musically and romantically. Its a nice touch (and an interesting optical illusion!)

Tears All Over Town starts the album in fine style; it is a medium-paced number that introduces the theme of heartbreak prevalent throughout the album and has a nice, understated production. Kathleen was written about the singer's late mother and features an achingly beautiful chorus. Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside is produced to sound like a classic vinyl record crackling in the background; the theme is a man too scared to face up to the daughter he never knew.

The Long Goodbye is the most up-tempo song on the album with some distorted guitar giving it a bit of edge. Somebody Hurt You, the single from the album is simply a beautiful pop tune about love and loneliness. People Used To Dream About The Future is my personal favorite, an epic track that shows just how much power there is understatement; this could be the lead theme for a Broadway musical or film.

Heartache starts off with the piano chords from the Bacharach/Carpenters classic Close To You, and then has an acapella vocal section that surprises and delights the listener. This is an excellent showcase for Eddy's voice. Life Thru Same Lens ups the tempo a bit again, it has an odd, almost "oompah" type bit but works very well, and is another favorite.

Did You See The Moon Tonight? and Little Bird are two more slow ballads , with beautiful tunes,that reflect the underlying melancholy of the album. The closer is the epic Golden, a song that Uncut called a Goodbye To Love for this decade. A fantastic end to a glorious album.

LINKS TO SOME REVIEWS AND PLACES TO BUY THIS CD

BBC (review)

Globe and Mail (review)

New York Times (review)

Miami New Times (review)

Phoenix New Times (review)

Amazon USA (customer reviews and purchase)

Amazon UK (customer reviews and purchase)


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