Without any grand gestures, Eddi Reader has created an album of understated beauty – it’s anything from loud, and still it just can’t be ignored. Once you’ve pressed play, you’ll stick with Reader till the last song.
‘Please don’t ask me to dance’ contains years of aching lovesickness in just a few verses, while ‘Follow My Tears’ sums up a whole life of longing in its chorus. Other tracks are more upbeat, like the rollicking ‘Spin A Prayer Wheel’ or the dreamy ‘California’.
Reader doesn’t need a bell, book and candle to cast her own spell: all it takes is her voice flickering over low-key folk arrangements, warm, wise and heart-felt without being earnest. In a way, this CD works like a really good book – it creates a world of its own, and makes sure you stay for the duration. It is one of my all-time favourites, and chances are it will be yours too.