Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Read All About Her

I first heard Eddi Reader when the producers of 1 Giant Leap (a world music compilation) paired her lovely voice with the Mahotella Queens on the track Daphne. I began to search out Eddi's solo albums, and learned that she had fronted the band Fairground Attraction (whose song "Perfect" was a UK hit in 1988). Eddi Reader has also sung backup for the Waterboys, Big Country, John Foxx, the Eurythmics, and many others.

She has a new album, Peacetime, which continues her collaboration with Boo Hewerdine (a singer-songwriter who once led the band the Bible). Peacetime is Eddi Reader's first record since 2003, when she made an album of Robert Burns songs, and when a half dozen albums of her live performances were released. Eddi also recently sang on the new single by the Broken Family Band, Alone in the Makeout Room. American fans will be able to see her onstage at Irish festivals in Boston and Milwaukee (?) this August. Visit eddireader.co.uk for more information.

Eddi's music is by turns folksy (specifically Celtic) and new agey, sometimes in the same song; for example, The Blacksmith, a traditional tune she performed on her 1992 album Mirmama. Eddi's voice and music will appeal to fans of the Indigo Girls, kd lang (whose bandmate Teddy Borowiecki plays on several Eddi Reader albums) and the late Kirsty MacColl (Eddi has performed several songs written by Kirsty and her brothers).

Strangely enough, although I've been listening to lots of female singers lately (Eddi, Etta, Betty Harris, and Cassandra Wilson), I've also been checking out some of the newer metal bands (Meshuggah, Converge, Isis, and Mastodon). Me likey Meshuggah!


At 4/18/2007 4:42 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

I love that song, "Perfect." It reminds me of tooling around in my Plymouth Duster, listening to the radio circa when they called that kind of thing "modern rock."

At 4/19/2007 11:03 AM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Sounds like good times. (*sigh*) "Modern rock" is about as modern now as your Plymouth Duster.

At 4/20/2007 11:30 PM , Blogger Disco:Very said...

Am I the only idiot here who has never used E-Snips? I'm trying to download the tracks you have posted this week and I'm fumbling around like Alberto Gonzales giving testimony about his spotty memory. Please advise. (Do you like how I keep working Gonzales into all my conversations? It's a gift.)


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