- Vinyl (13 Jan. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B0002854QK
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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A Girl Called Eddy [VINYL]
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The self-titled debut album by Irish singer A Girl Called Eddy is an inspired blend of modern folk-rock singer-songwriter tunes with indie pop and R&B touches. (A Girl Called Eddy's real name is Erin Moran; she took the stage name to avoid confusion with the similarly-named actress who played Joanie on HAPPY DAYS and JOANIE LOVES CHACHI.) Kicking off with the excellent single "Tears All Over Town," the album moves from strength to strength, showcasing A Girl Called Eddy's warm, rich voice and her songwriting skills, which often recall the late Kirsty MacColl in their blend of sly humor and frank insight. Highlights include "Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside" and "People Used To Dream About the Future."
A Girl Called Eddy is the rather unassuming name used by American-born singer-songwriter Erin Moran. On this, her debut album, she teams up with former Pulp guitarist and acclaimed solo artist Richard Hawley to produce an album of elegance and depth. Quite simply, A Girl Called Eddy is music made by grown-ups for grown-ups. The band, who also featured on Hawley's own opus Lowedges, create sophisticated arrangements that add an almost jazz-like feel to tracks like "Tears All Over Town", "Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside" and "Life Through the Same Lens", yet they never threaten to overpower Moran's own tender and emotive voice. She is, after all, the real star here, and she proves her abilities both as a singer and as a lyricist throughout. "You're lonely like only the broken can know", she broods on "Somebody Hurt You", and her voice conveys both sympathy and intimacy, never an easy feat on a recording. This is a surprisingly accomplished debut album--dignified, literate and well-observed. Its mellow, relaxed pace may sound perfect for late-night listening, but A Girl Called Eddy will command your attention. --Robert Burrow
Top Customer Reviews
When I first listened to her voice, I heard an accent which sounded like an American with a touch of north-country English and which just couldn't be right, could it? Well, I logged onto her website and found she was from New Jersey and recorded the album in Sheffield! She also sounded like a cross between Karen Carpenter and Chrissie Hynde, with some female Scott Walker touches - so it is appropriate that these great singers appear to be either influences of her or singers she admire.
Most of the songs are slow-paced, sensitive and downbeat, with a very 60's feel, which I found uplifting and very warm - an extremely pleasureable experience. Her voice is very easy on the ear and one which makes you want to listen closely, but when it needs to be extended/stretched, it sounds stronger, purer and even better. There are also some really nice, understated string arrangements and some lovely tight playing by her backing band.
The tracks are all great songs - there is nothing which is remotely worse than very good. For me, the best tracks are "People Used To Dream About The Future", "Kathleen", "Golden" - I could name all 11 selections.
This is as good a debut album as I have heard in a very long time and, like the other reviewers have said, I hope it is a runaway success. I would like to think there is more to "Eddy" than just one album worth of sheer class.
So what are you waiting for? Don't just my word for it - go and buy this today.
Now's the time for New Jersey native Erin Moran, a singer presenting her first album under the of A Girl Called Eddy, who has released one of the greatest debuts of the year.
There's a certain passionate yet contemplative maturity to everything in this album. Certainly her voice which is on par and possibly evocative of Beth Orton or Margo Timmins, to name two contemporaries, and even more, in spirit and brightness to the great Dusty Springfield.
Then there's the matter of the lyrics, here's someone who can capture the poetry in melancholia, songs about love and loves which never yield to sentimentality. Whether it's a gorgeous song for her mother, "Kathleen," or childhood in "Girls Can Really Tear You Up Inside," or the stunning "Heartache," "Did You See The Moon Tonight" and "Somebody Hurt You."
Finally, there's the music itself, melodies that who found the perfect producer in ex-Pulp Richard Hawley. To me, the spirit of Bergen White, Scott Walker, Lee Hazzlewood or even Phil Spector -the latter, particularly in "The Long Goodbye"- are present here. Hawley's guitar speaks from the heart and the arrangements by Colin Elliott, the album co-producer, flawlessly convey a mood that can even owe Francoise Hardy or Gainsbourg.
In sum, this a moving and delicious debut by an outstanding singer and composer. "A Girl Called Eddy" is a gem.
Many songs you have to listen to a few times before you realise what they are about or could mean, 'Kathleen' the tribute to her mum and 'People Used To Dream About The Future' a story of a decaying relationship - these songs take on a magical significance when you imerse yourself in them - they're really good for the imagination.
I agree with the others - not a bad track on here and the album flows beautifully. Every note and line is so sure of itself and yet also modest, she's not a 'celebrity singer', she's a normal girl making music.
And doing it perfectly.
Most of the tracks are mellow, cocooned in spare arrangements. The mood is generally downbeat and it's the painful ballads devoid of kitsch which stand out: "Tears all over town", "Did you see the moon tonight" and "Somebody Hurt You". The latter has a narrative about being broken by past relationships and shutting your emotions off ("you're lonely like only the broken can know"). The song "Kathleen" was apparently inspired by the death of her mother (the whole album is dedicated to the memory of her parents); "Girls can really tear you up inside" describes a father who fears contact with his long-lost, embittered daughter.
She's brilliant at conveying the breakdown of a relationship and negative feelings: "Take your records, leave me mine / you're the one who said that we lived it all on borrowed time" ("The Long Goodbye"); "I was a girl haunted / in the blue, undaunted / just swimming for the shore / wondering what the hurt is for" ("Golden"); "all the cynics / and the irony / won't save you when you're drowning / in love's sweet pool" ("Life thru the same lens").
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the great unheard pop albums of the last 50 years.Worth buying simply for the song People Used To Dream About The Future, a great song about lost love,but the whole album's... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Johnnybluetime
I've had this album on CD for several years and it's never far from a bit of a play so I was well aware that I liked it. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2014 by Def Jef
purchased this after hearing "Heartache" on the soundtrack of "For Lovers Only" play it all the timePublished on 4 Sept. 2014 by Barrelof
Got this for my mother as a gift for her birthday. She liked it very much. Not for me personally though!Published on 26 Sept. 2013 by Slizzle
Really don't understand the uniformly positive reviews for this dull album. Not bad as background music - light and innoffensive - but really nothing that special and relentlessly... Read morePublished on 26 May 2013 by Xenon3
A simply stunning aural soundscape....smooth and velvety that kind of reminds me of the subsequent Richard Hawley even though I dont have any of his records. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2013 by edwinhquinn2
This is as fine a piece of work as you will find for originality, song craft, performance, consistency. Read more
A great record. A sort of comforting melancholy, like sponge cake and custard. One day this'll be rediscovered - like Nick Drake or Judee Sill or something - so buy it now and be... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Soobie Mennym
This is an unusual album of mostly slow, reflective, and easy listening songs. Its an album that I keep coming back to, and although some might find it a bit downbeat, I find it... Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2013 by doug