I've been following Eileen Rose's progress for some two years now, ever since I saw a glowing review of her debut album, Shine Like It Does, in Mojo magazine. That was a brilliant album, a really interesting and moving mix of rock, country, swamp rock and even pop. Eileen's voice was amazing, and the songs, well, I didn't think they wrote them like that anymore. And, somehow, Long Shot Novena is even better, and even more varied. See How I Need You is really pretty, Snake's like a rockabilly Elvis rocker, Good Man is big countrified rock, and the quiter songs are just beautiful and heartbreaking. For Marlene, about her murdered best friend's mother, is my favourite, but Tom Waits Crooning, where it's just Eileen and (I think) a viola is really just as good. Like I say, it's a great album. It's funny, furious and tremendously emotional. Anyone who likes Lambchop, Tom McRae or David Gray and especially Eileen's own favourites (Kate Bush and Tom Waits) will love it.