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Angels & Electricity [CD]

Eddi Reader Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Blanco Y Negro
  • ASIN: B00000897R
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kiteflyer'S Hill
2. Prayer Wheel
3. Postcard
4. Wings On My Heels
5. On A Whim
6. Hummingbird
7. Barcelona Window
8. "Bell, Book & Candle"
9. California
10. Follow My Tears
11. Psychic Reader
12. Please Don'T Ask Me To Dance
13. Clear

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Encompassing everything from understated acoustic ballads to jangly, guitar-driven pop, Eddi Reader's folk-rock hybrid rarely plays it straight. Picking up where she left off with 1997's Candyfloss and Medicine, Reader remains true to her own unique and enjoyable muse. Of course, it doesn't hurt that her always-amazing voice is in top form. "Prayer Wheel", with its exuberant chorus, masks a story of lost love behind a veneer of unadulterated pop. As usual, Reader draws on a number of songwriters to compile a top-notch collection of songs (including one, "On a Whim", written for her by Ron Sexsmith). But the best songs here are the ones written by or with long-time musical partner Boo Hewerdine: "Bell, Book and Candle" is a gorgeous, haunting tale of lost love, while "California" has a truly greasy groove to go with Reader's equally sexy vocals. Besides, it's always endearing to hear a Glasgow gal work her way around the word "California". --Percy Keegan

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's got to be... five stars 20 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most people think of Fairground Attraction and ‘that’ song when they hear the name Eddi Reader. In this incarnation she has virtually teamed up with songwriter Boo Hewerdine to produce something somewhat different. Angels and Electricity is a rare mix of folky warmth and modern sophistication. For the most part it’s downplayed, mellow, easy on the ear (the exception is ‘Prayer Wheel’ which I tend to skip past) and a sheer delight. For two reasons: Reader’s perfect voice and charming delivery (she allows her Scottish accent to creep in to just the right degree) are the first thing. The second is the sheer quality of the songs and the way the album is produced. Okay, I guess that’s four things. But it really is a lasting pleasure to listen to the whole of this album, apart from the aforementioned track which is a bit of a racket. But that’s why CD players are programmable. If Mary Black had ever lived up to expectations she would have done an album like this, I often think. As it is, Ms Black never came close and this is on a different level altogether. An easy five stars.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An understated masterpiece 8 April 2004
By Is
Format:Audio CD
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely beautiful record 21 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Eddi Reader's voice and songwriting is almost always a thing of beauty, but this is best typified on this album. The songs work well as a whole, yet display a distinct range of styles and tones. My key favourites are those with a wistful regard for the past - such as "Kiteflyers' Hill", "Postcard" and "Please Don't Ask Me To Dance" - but the whole album is strong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Flawless 23 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Eddi expresses everything that, up until now, I never realised could be put into words - unashamedly romantic but by no means undignified or weak. Sit back, possibly open a bottle of wine, and allow yourself to be completely absorbed by this gorgeously warm, velvet album. 'Hummingbird' seems be the only excuse of a track - maybe being too metaphorical and lacking the bare honesty of the other songs. Otherwise, an almost flawless album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of perfection 25 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
How is it possible that a talent like Eddi Reader is now known for a single that is 20 odd years old and not for a work of beauty like this? After a hard day at work, pop this on and the world seems a joyful place. The production is wonderful; crisp and clear, but warm and almost tanglible. Eddi is in fine voice and 'Follow my tears' is possibly on of the most gorgeous songs I am familiar with; I have listen to this on my ipod on a busy bus and welled up, but not cared as it is so wonderful. If I was asked to chose my top 5 albums ever this would be among them, and I have a very veried taste range. It seems to completely ignore any attempt to pidgeon-hole it in a stlye, and thus is a stronger collection of songs for it. Boo Hwewerdine who co-wrote the album is also a wonderful songsmith and in all honesty I cannot find a single flaw with it. If all music was this good, we'd all be a much more contented race. I saw Eddi play live at Cropredy music festical some years back and she was magical. A treasure of an album and a work of fine beauty. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic 20 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Eddi Reader's fourth album must have been the most underrated released in 1998. Every couple of years Eddi has released an outstanding collection of songs and Angels and Electricity is no exception, full of reminisance and reflection as Eddi effortlessly sings some of the most beautiful songs in years. The haunting track Postcard followed by the heavenly Wings on my heels are my favourite tracks. The album is cleverly rounded off by the bitter sweet Please don't ask me to dance. Eddi don't stop jungle jangling...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever recorded 20 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
My taste in music is pretty varied, but this album stands at the pinnacle of perfection. Each word, each note, each breath this wonderful singer tears another strip off the human condition and lays it for you to examine. Beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eddi..You Keep Doing This !! 27 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Eddi Reader does not fail again to deliver a quality album full of infectious melodies, heart-rendering stories of love and loss and that sublime voice that sweeps you along with it. 'Bell, Book & Candle' is arguably the most well-known track here having been used in the TV series 'Charmed'. But, all the songs here are equally as well crafted and deserve their place in the spotlight. Pick of the bunch for me are 'Follow My Tears', 'Please Don't Ask Me to Dance', 'Kiteflyer's Hill' and the afor-mentioned 'Bell,Book & Candle'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good daytime sounds
Nice voice and music
Published 2 months ago by M. Britten
4.0 out of 5 stars Another easy listening by eddi reader
I bought this nearly new cd and have been really surprised by the excellent quality of it. It arrived quickly and was just what I wanted. Excellent service
Published 10 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listen
I bought this on previos recommendations and agree that other than track 2 that seems at odds with the rest of the album it is a great listen when you want something quiet.
Published 17 months ago by Guy of Ayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden
Beautiful, ethereal, folksy, dreamy gorgeousness. I discovered this album about ten years ago and fell in love with it. Music tastes come and go, but this has stayed a favourite.
Published 18 months ago by KH
3.0 out of 5 stars CD
Not nearly as beautiful as most other of her recordings; but then, maybe I haven't given it enough time?
Published 18 months ago by Mr. D. M. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels & Electricity - Superb Album
Eddi reader has a stunning relaxed natural style. This album from the 90's shows this voice off perfectly. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stew M
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Eddi
Always true to form Eddi is good on this album too.....we still think her Songs of Mr Burns is one of the best albums ever but how can we fault sucha voice. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2012 by Fife Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars typically reader
this album is so typical of eddi reader, and very good it is. she always seems to speak to you through the words of her songs; true reflection of her own experiences. Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by Flower Potty
5.0 out of 5 stars on a chilly November evening ..
This CD should be bought even just to listen to "Kiteflyer's Hill". This is one of the songs I am so grateful I came across. Read more
Published on 28 May 2007 by Hiro
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