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LONG SHOT NOVENA [CD]

Eileen Rose Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B00005UQVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Long Shot Novena
2. See How I Need You
3. Good Man
4. Snake
5. Wheel’s Going By
6. White Dove’s Awake
7. Two In One
8. Tom Waits Crooning
9. For Marlene
10. Big Dog

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Although deemed to be "country" by the majority of conclusion-jumping non-American eardrums, acclaimed Essex-based but Massachusetts-born songstress Eileen Rose is more of a musical itinerant, a square peg whose much-anticipated second album Long Shot Novena stubbornly refuses to get acquainted with any conveniently pre-labelled square pigeonhole. The opening number, the striking title-track, is proof enough--a hypnotic, dirge-like entreaty which somehow summons visions of Emmylou Harris in her prime performing "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground. However, this isn't a litmus test for the rest of the album, which proceeds divergently through the teasingly quixotic and possibly satirical pop of "See How I Need You" ("Ooh to get a man, six feet of heaven with big strong hands") through to the Bob Dylan-esque dream of "Two In One", the purgative and poignantly minimalistic "For Marlene" (written for a murdered friend) and the freewheeling good-time stomp of "Big Dog", a tune which takes a certain liberty with "Amazing Grace" and which finds our homesick Eileen homeward-bound with a valedictory wave of her hankie. Other than the voice--as dark, smoky and crackling as a good coal fire--Rose's prime virtue is that she always keeps her influences at arms length, so much so that you'd never guess who they are. Long Shot Novena is a worthy successor to her debut, Shine Like It Does. --Kevin Maidment

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation! 1 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
Eileen Rose is amazing. Long Shot Novena is Superb. Labelled as country, but so diverse as to incorporate essences of Emmylou Harris, Janis Joplin, Walker Brothers, Marianne Faithfull, Kate Bush. Especially Bush - maybe that's what attracts me to her. Some of the lines and melodic phrasing could come form Kate herself. But I don't want you to think that I'm missing Kate in a James Stewart/Vertigo way, just listen to this stunningly ecclectic album for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Just fantastic. 16 Feb 2002
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Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning and getting better 26 Feb 2002
By mike g
Format:Audio CD
Eileen rose has come up with another stunning set of songs. The lyrics have a depth and honesty about them than in her previous cd and single where she wore her heart on her sleeve for all to hear..... I love this album and her forthcoming gigs at Borderline and Cherry jam promise to be the bargains of the year... where for under a tenner can you experience such beautifully crafted songs sung by an angel of our time? I hope that Eileen is not going home but here to stay for another 9 years at least......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible! 26 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have recently discovered this amazing artist through a friend of mine (she's very into Ryan Adams, Nick Cave and Neil Young). She played this record for me and I was blown away. I can't believe I missed this. Ms. Rose is an extremely rare songwriter - sincere, fresh, truly moving. Her voice makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. This is an amazing record and I recommend it to any serious music fan who wants to be challenged, moved and rocked at the same time. Can't wait to hear her new one - Come The Storm. I'm in love.
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