Prompt delivery and reasonable value for money, though I was very disappointed to discover upon arrival that the jewel case was very badly marked and had to replace it from my stock of spares. However, the CD itself was in good condition and the album is worthy of being part of any music lovers collection.
Irish songstress Eleanor McEvoy has delivered yet another album of great music. Moving, thoughtful lyrics, coupled with catchy tunes, sung with her beautiful voice and played to perfection by a talented band. From the jaunty whimsy of `Non-Smoking Single Female', through the darker visions of Marvin Gaye's `Mercy Mercy Me' (which sounds very different when sung with a strong Irish accent!) and `Quote I Love You Unquote' (co-written with Beautiful South's Dave Rotheray), this album is chock full of class. It's hard to put into a genre, sort of a soul/blues with a decidedly Celtic tinge.
As usual with McEvoy albums, this is a SACD hybrid, and as usual this is a boon. You really get the feeling of being in the studio with the musicians when listening to it on an SACD player, and the enhanced sound adds lots to the music. It sounds pretty good on a normal player as well, but if you get the chance listen to it on SACD to get the full glory of the music.
Recommended to anyone who likes Beautiful South or early Corrs.
I heard Eleanor for the first time at the Crawley Folk Festival this year and was bowled over by her awesome musicianship and songwriting. I have been waiting for the release of this album and it surpasses my expectations. It's folk I suppose but with a hatful of other things thrown in, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who's interested in this territory.