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  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reveal Records
  • ASIN: B00H5HVD0M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Eddi Reader's first new studio album for 5 years. Featuring the single "Baby's Boat". Recorded by Mark Freegard in Eddi's hometown of Glasgow with a cast of well chosen musicians and friends eager to play their part in this, most captivating, deeply personal yet universal sounding album. 'Vagabond' was produced by Eddi Reader and features many of her long-term musical collaborators including John Douglas (Trashcan Sinatras), Alan Kelly, Ian Carr, Ewen Vernal, Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction), John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine.

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Vagabond sparkles and shines throughout
A singer at the peak of her considerable interpretive powers, the album is a contender for Eddi's best yet --Colin Hall R2 *****

"…on an album remarkable for its breadth of styles and musical provenance, she asserts herself again as one of Britain's most effortlessly expressive singers" --Colin Irwin Mojo ****

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As good as those earlier records are (and they really are), Vagabond is the one I play and play and will continue to do so. There was just something that grabbed me. I thought it was the sense of maturity, much like a premium single malt, or perhaps the easy jazzy lit to some of the songs, the sublime arrangements and playing. Yet the more I listened, the more I started to feel that this was a deeply personal record for Eddi and all the more involving for it. Perhaps they all are, but this one seemed to be more about her taking stock of her life, her family, her music and career therein. Then there was that title…

Vagabond is defined both as wandering from place to place, being nomadic with no fixed home, but also living a carefree and easy come, easy go life. The title track uses a poem by John Masefield for the lyric, which neatly seems to bisect those two definitions.
There are familiar faces  and new names gathered together. It’s Mark Freegard who has moved the metaphorical mountain, actually his Kyoti studio, to Eddi’s. Also Roy Dodds (Drums), Alan Kelly (accordion), Ian Carr (guitar), Ewan Vernal (bass), and John McCusker are all familiar names from Eddi’s recent records. Boo Hewerdine is of course involved and Declan O’Rourke once again makes the song writers selection. Newer names are Gustaf Ljundggern who has outstanding multi-instrumental skills and has worked with Boo’s State Of The Union and pianist Steve Hamilton.

The overall sound is quite lush and that adds to that feeling of maturity. It’s a grown up sound that isn’t afraid to delve into a classic palate, but benefits from impeccable taste, borrowing only what is worth preserving.
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2014
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It has been five years since the release of Eddi's last studio album, the wonderful "Love Is The Way", but now she's back with a gorgeous album every bit the equal of her very best work, with a mixture of originals written with long-time collaborators Boo Hewerdine and "life partner" John Douglas, self-penned compositions and selected covers of songs dear to Eddi. "Vagabond" is nothing short of a pleasure to listen to from the very first note to the last, a sumptuous mixture of folk and hazy jazz, all adorned with the exquisite instrument that is Reader's peerless voice. Produced by Reader herself and recorded by Mark Freegard, it truly is a beautifully crafted album and is one of those records that transports the listener to a different place and gives you no other choice but to immerse yourself completely in the listening experience. This is an album for Sunday mornings, for taking with you to listen on long walks in the countryside, to snuggle up with a loved one and indulge in some pleasant conversation; simply put: it's gorgeous.

The first song on the album is an old jazz number, "I'll Never Be The Same" which is utterly gorgeous; the sadness of the lyrics being counterbalanced with a playful vocal delivery and Steve Hamilton's impeccably tasteful piano. It immediately sets a very high standard for the album to achieve and "Vagabond" seldom threatens to dip below this bar. "Back The Dogs (Dancing Down Rock)" is a delightful acoustic waltz, painting a colourful picture of her Grandmother's old home town, based on stories she used to tell Eddi, with Reader's voice aptly dancing over the top of guitars, strings and accordion.
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I was a fan of Eddi Reader from her Mirmana and Fairground Attraction days and as such I find this collection distinctly unadventurous. OK apart from a couple of nauseatingly maudling tracks later in the album, most of the songs are pleasant without uprooting any trees. Eddi's voice is a joy to listen to as usual but she makes no attempt to emulate the range and versatility of earlier works. She has assembled a collection of competent musicians but apart from the occasional cameo, I'm guessing that they're playing well within their musical capabilities. So overall a middle of the road, easy on the ear, laid back album but I don't expect it to collect any awards for innovation.
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I cannot compete with the in depth review below, agreeing wholeheartedly with it, but had to add my pennys worth.
I have bought two cds, one being a gift for another eddi reader fan, listened to the whole album several times and loved it.
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Eddi Readers back with her best album for a long time. She and her band are on top top form. Beautiful lyrics and great music. I loved this album from the first play. I saw her about five years ago and she mentioned a new album then,but this is worth the wait.
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Saw Eddi in November 2013 when the cd had just been finished then again in Glasgow in April. Two great concerts by a great performer with selections from this cd being performed. Purchesed this cd plus another older one after reading reviews on Amazon. Vagabond comprises a variety of tracks which are jazzy and folky sung by a fantastic vocalist backed by excellent musicians. Other reviewers have given full details of the tracks so I won't bother. There is something missing compared to the live concerts but it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
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