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Alone [CD]

Eleanor McEvoy Audio CD
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Eleanor McEvoy is a household name known the length and breath of Ireland. McEvoy’s songwriting has inspired people of all ages and backgrounds. Her song 'Sophie' taken from the album 'Snapshots' has touched the hearts of people around the globe who suffer from eating disorders, thus leading to over one million hits on YouTube. Her massively successful song 'Only a ... Read more in Amazon's Eleanor McEvoy Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Moscodisc
  • ASIN: B005DRNXZY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Did I Hurt You? 3:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Harbour 3:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'll Be Willing 3:120.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. What's Her Name? 2:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You'll Hear Better Songs (Than This) 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sophie 3:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Just for the Tourists 3:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Days Roll Buy 3:230.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. For Avoidance Of Any Doubt 3:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Only A Woman's Heart 3:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Did You Tell Him? 3:300.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Eve Of Destruction 4:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. You'll Hear Better Songs (Than This) Acoustic version 3:250.89  Buy MP3 


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Sometime when you first hear an artist, there's something that grabs you deep within. This is how I felt when I heard Eleanor McEvoy's single You ll hear better songs than this. Let's start with the single whilst we are on the subject. Its impact on me was based around a couple of things, firstly its stripped down recording and then the even more laid-bare, self-deprecating but brutally full-on heart open honesty of the emotion. Using the analogy of a song, Eleanor lays out how others may sing better, have better melodies and lyrics and be more accomplished musically. She implores her lover to look elsewhere for songs unless they want to know how deep her love is and then 'go put on mine'. Although placed in a musical setting, the analogy to the grass is always greener syndrome comes through loud and clear. There will always be someone younger, more good looking however their love may be as just as superficial. Like most of this album the vocals are front and centre with only a guitar backing. The single is very indicative of what you'll get on the whole album, Eleanor with no fuss and embellishment expressing direct, heart-felt emotion with poise. Many of the songs on the album are not new; we get unplugged versions of Eleanor s biggest seller A women s Heart as well as three tracks from her album I'd rather go blonde and a few from other albums. Even the single originally appeared on 2004's album Early Hours. I pondered reviewing this as a 'Best Of' collection however I think it stands alone (no pun intended) because of the re-interpritations. We get some very powerful songs on the album. In fact there's hardly a dud. From the opening of Did I hurt you, you realise that Eleanor's emotional story telling is second to none. The track sounds initially like the discovery or infidelity however is more the realisation of unrequited or unequal love. Most of the tracks on the album have Eleanor on guitar however Harbour brings a further dimension with a lovely floating piano counter-point to her emotional request for shelter. This could well be Eleanor's equivalent to Joan Armatrading's Willow. What's her name introduces a further musical layer with the addition of a double bass. The song paints a wonderful picture of a modern day plea for the other parties name following betrayal discovered via text. One of the tracks featured on Eleanor s earlier albums is Sophie. A very sad tale of the effects of an eating disorder. The story evolves around the effects of Sophie's eating (or lack of it) on the other family members. I think all young people and many older ones should listen to this song. Trouble is I think they d associate with Sophie's attempt to fit in to our 'ordinary world' rather than the devastating effects of trying to fit in on their bodies and on others around them. Not all songs on the album are depressing though even if many deal with some sad emotions. An example of Eleanor's occasional wry look at issues is For Avoidance of Any Doubt. Using legalise and a legal letter format an injured party complains about the numbers given 'remaining unrung' following a date. Anybody who has ever had to wade through a contract will smile at the use of the language in a more normal situation and just highlights how absurd the language can be. I think the fact that I'd only heard of Eleanor for A woman's Heart which appeared on a Celtic collection I own and this album has brought her to my full attention justifies this release. I m sure I can t be the only one, she deserves much wider attention. A beautiful album filled with thoughtful lyrics and interesting melodies. Some won t like the unplugged' but it exposes these songs and brings out emotion that I think would be lost in a broader production. Verdict: A beauty, a must for any collection; go buy it. --Get To The Front.co.uk 9/10

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CD New And Old Songs Without A Band

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a live solo show best of set 20 Sep 2011
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I saw Eleanor McEvoy live for the first time earlier this year supporting David Rotheray, where she did a stunning opening solo set. I immediately loved the sound of her Irish voice, and she is a feisty, articulate, self deprecating and funny performer. I have bought a few of her CD's subsequently, but for this new set she is doing a review of some of the best tracks from her back catalogue , performed by her solo, just as you will see her in concert, stripping the songs back to their essence. Her songwriting is personal and evocative, she lays her soul bare at times, and this is an excellent overview of a mature performer hitting her peak. She is a strong songwriter, has a voice to die for , and this is a great introduction or overview album showing what she would be like live ( I am due to see her again in concert on Saturday). Her previous 2 albums with a full band in support, I'd rather go Blonde; and Singled Out; are also both strongly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful record 15 Jan 2012
By Bailso
Format:Audio CD
I thought twice about purchasing this CD as I have most of Eleanor's albums. I have seen her live a few times in Australia where she does play alone. This CD is a fantastic reminder of those concerts. The sound is typically excellent. If you haven't heard Eleanor before, this CD would be a great introduction to a vastly underrated musician. If you are a fan like me, buy the CD as the stripped down versions of the songs are refreshing.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I have to confess before commencing this review that I am a huge fan of Eleanor McEvoy's work, and have been for some time, so I was already biased in favour of this album before I even heard it.

Eleanor McEvoy is an Irish singer/songwriter who has a distinctively accented voice, an ear for a catchy tune and a real gift with words. Rooted in a folky/traditional sound but with a definite pop sensibility.

I was a little in two minds when approaching this album. From the track listing I could see that about half the material is songs that she has released on previous albums. When some artists revisit old material and rerecord it, the results can sometimes be terrible and indicate the creative end of the artist's career. Thankfully it is not the case here. McEvoy has taken a well chosen set of some of her best (and, I am guessing, favourite) songs, mixed them with some new material and re-recorded them with a simple stripped back style, just her alone in the recording studio with a guitar. The result is superb. The recordings of old songs really do add to them. In some cases she is now singing with a maturity of more years in her voice, that lends an added depth to the song, in others the removal of the more elaborate backing really allows her lyrics to shine forth even more strongly. Her voice is now centre stage in all songs and carries the entire album. It's gorgeous, thoughtful, emotionally literate and still catchy music that I was delighted by.

One surprise for me was `Eve of Destruction', a cover of an old protest song from the sixties. I hadn't heard the original for many years, and had never really liked it, as I always felt the original singer was more interested in the sound and himself than the song or the injustices which he was singing about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a live performance 18 Jan 2014
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If you have seen Eleanor and you liked her then you will probably love this. It is just a live performance without audience. Alone showcases Eleanor's unique and captivating voice and her powerful songs well. It may not be the best introduction to Eleanor's repertoire but it really is a distillation of her essence (!). Songs like Sophie, and You'll Hear Better Songs Than This are just brilliant, add the voice and her multi-instrumental (no overdubs) talent you have a cd to keep coming back to. No filler tracks. Recommended.
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