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A Girl Called Eddy [VINYL]

Girl Called Eddy Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (21 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B0002854QK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tears All Over Town
2. Kathleen
3. Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside
4. The Long Goodbye
5. Somebody Hurt You
6. People Used To Dream About The Future
7. Heartache
8. Life Thru The Same Lens
9. Did You See The Moon Tonight?
10. Little Bird
11. Golden

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A Girl Called Eddy is the rather unassuming name used by American-born singer-songwriter Erin Moran. On this, her debut album, she teams up with former Pulp guitarist and acclaimed solo artist Richard Hawley to produce an album of elegance and depth. Quite simply, A Girl Called Eddy is music made by grown-ups for grown-ups. The band, who also featured on Hawley's own opus Lowedges, create sophisticated arrangements that add an almost jazz-like feel to tracks like "Tears All Over Town", "Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside" and "Life Through the Same Lens", yet they never threaten to overpower Moran's own tender and emotive voice. She is, after all, the real star here, and she proves her abilities both as a singer and as a lyricist throughout. "You're lonely like only the broken can know", she broods on "Somebody Hurt You", and her voice conveys both sympathy and intimacy, never an easy feat on a recording. This is a surprisingly accomplished debut album--dignified, literate and well-observed. Its mellow, relaxed pace may sound perfect for late-night listening, but A Girl Called Eddy will command your attention. --Robert Burrow

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A Girl Called Eddy, born in New Jersey as Erin Moran, has created an extraordinary debut record full of romance, elegance, sophistication and shimmering melodies that is certain to appeal to fans of the likes of Beth Orton and Aimee Mann. Produced by Richard Hawley of Pulp fame, this album has attracted the admiration of artists such Robert Smith, Jarvis Cocker and Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty 4 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Trust me, this is a fabulous album which is instantly likeable.
When I first listened to her voice, I heard an accent which sounded like an American with a touch of north-country English and which just couldn't be right, could it? Well, I logged onto her website and found she was from New Jersey and recorded the album in Sheffield! She also sounded like a cross between Karen Carpenter and Chrissie Hynde, with some female Scott Walker touches - so it is appropriate that these great singers appear to be either influences of her or singers she admire.
Most of the songs are slow-paced, sensitive and downbeat, with a very 60's feel, which I found uplifting and very warm - an extremely pleasureable experience. Her voice is very easy on the ear and one which makes you want to listen closely, but when it needs to be extended/stretched, it sounds stronger, purer and even better. There are also some really nice, understated string arrangements and some lovely tight playing by her backing band.
The tracks are all great songs - there is nothing which is remotely worse than very good. For me, the best tracks are "People Used To Dream About The Future", "Kathleen", "Golden" - I could name all 11 selections.
This is as good a debut album as I have heard in a very long time and, like the other reviewers have said, I hope it is a runaway success. I would like to think there is more to "Eddy" than just one album worth of sheer class.
So what are you waiting for? Don't just my word for it - go and buy this today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 9 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Reading the previous reviewers I have just found out she's from New Jersey, so now I have my answer: no wonder she didn't win the Mercury Music Prize! If she'd been British that accolade would have been hers, with such a superb piece of work.

Many songs you have to listen to a few times before you realise what they are about or could mean, 'Kathleen' the tribute to her mum and 'People Used To Dream About The Future' a story of a decaying relationship - these songs take on a magical significance when you imerse yourself in them - they're really good for the imagination.

I agree with the others - not a bad track on here and the album flows beautifully. Every note and line is so sure of itself and yet also modest, she's not a 'celebrity singer', she's a normal girl making music.

And doing it perfectly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This year's best music has already been graced by great albums from Women singers, PJ Harvey and k.d. lang among established goddesses, and Laura Veirs, Lhasa, Joanna Newsom or Polly Paulusma among prominent new voices.
Now's the time for New Jersey native Erin Moran, a singer presenting her first album under the of A Girl Called Eddy, who has released one of the greatest debuts of the year.
There's a certain passionate yet contemplative maturity to everything in this album. Certainly her voice which is on par and possibly evocative of Beth Orton or Margo Timmins, to name two contemporaries, and even more, in spirit and brightness to the great Dusty Springfield.
Then there's the matter of the lyrics, here's someone who can capture the poetry in melancholia, songs about love and loves which never yield to sentimentality. Whether it's a gorgeous song for her mother, "Kathleen," or childhood in "Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside," or the stunning "Heartache," "Did You See The Moon Tonight" and "Somebody Hurt You."
Finally, there's the music itself, melodies that who found the perfect producer in ex-Pulp Richard Hawley. To me, the spirit of Bergen White, Scott Walker, Lee Hazzlewood or even Phil Spector -the latter, particularly in "The Long Goodbye"- are present here. Hawley's guitar speaks from the heart and the arrangements by Colin Elliott, the album co-producer, flawlessly convey a mood that can even owe Francoise Hardy or Gainsbourg.
In sum, this a moving and delicious debut by an outstanding singer and composer. "A Girl Called Eddy" is a gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of love, loss and failed dreams 5 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
A Girl Called Eddy is the stage name of Erin Moran - "just a nickname that stuck" she says - who was born in Neptune, New Jersey, USA. The tracks were mostly recorded in a wet and windy winter in Sheffield in the UK with the help of Richard Hawley and Colin Eliot as producers, and released through the independent label Anti Records.

Most of the tracks are mellow, cocooned in spare arrangements. The mood is generally downbeat and it's the painful ballads devoid of kitsch which stand out: "Tears all over town", "Did you see the moon tonight" and "Somebody Hurt You". The latter has a narrative about being broken by past relationships and shutting your emotions off ("you're lonely like only the broken can know"). The song "Kathleen" was apparently inspired by the death of her mother (the whole album is dedicated to the memory of her parents); "Girls can really tear you up inside" describes a father who fears contact with his long-lost, embittered daughter.

She's brilliant at conveying the breakdown of a relationship and negative feelings: "Take your records, leave me mine / you're the one who said that we lived it all on borrowed time" ("The Long Goodbye"); "I was a girl haunted / in the blue, undaunted / just swimming for the shore / wondering what the hurt is for" ("Golden"); "all the cynics / and the irony / won't save you when you're drowning / in love's sweet pool" ("Life thru the same lens").

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well recieved gift
Got this for my mother as a gift for her birthday. She liked it very much. Not for me personally though!
Published 10 months ago by Slizzle
2.0 out of 5 stars Found it dull
Really don't understand the uniformly positive reviews for this dull album. Not bad as background music - light and innoffensive - but really nothing that special and relentlessly... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Adrian Wrixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Big sigh
A simply stunning aural soundscape....smooth and velvety that kind of reminds me of the subsequent Richard Hawley even though I dont have any of his records. Read more
Published 17 months ago by edquinn63
4.0 out of 5 stars She Can't Just Leave Us Hanging On For More
This is as fine a piece of work as you will find for originality, song craft, performance, consistency. Read more
Published 17 months ago by bhead jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty and a joy forever
A great record. A sort of comforting melancholy, like sponge cake and custard. One day this'll be rediscovered - like Nick Drake or Judee Sill or something - so buy it now and be... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Soobie Mennym
4.0 out of 5 stars soft and gentle
The warm tones of this singer will do you no wrong if you like an album of gentle moods and easy listening. Read more
Published 18 months ago by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to Eddy
IMHO this album is excellent in every respect. Great songwriting, heartbreak album. Great production, subtle letting the songs and the artist shine through. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by M. Corr
5.0 out of 5 stars one not to miss
What a great album, to my mind not a bad track. Im not sure what track to pick out but just listen to Somebody Hurt You and Golden. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2006 by keith warden
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Debut Album
The only thing this album lacks.... is a big record company's budget to promote it. Erin has the voice and talent to be so much more popular.
Published on 4 Nov 2004
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