This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 3/04
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Where have you been all my life Eddi Reader? Well, maybe the better
question is where have I been? At first exposure to Glasgow native Reader, this
reviewer is packing for Scotland, lured by a marvelously expressive
voice that dances about between tender, provocative, vulnerable and
Selecting, except for one cut, from the bountiful song collection of Robert Burns, Reader celebrates this Scottish treasure
whose body of work remains one that artists return to time and time
"Jamie Come Try Me" has Reader signing in with a jazzy, improvisational interpreation, backed by velvety orchestral strings.
"Willie Stewart" is a bouncy salute to Burns' friend of the same
name that transitions to a John Rankin tune that carries on the momentum.
"Ae Fond Kiss'" lowers the temperature with the evocation of sadness
resulting from a failed relationship. But fear not for Burns displays his lascivious wit with "Brose and Butter."
"Ye Jacobites," a lament for the frontline grunts who fight and
fall, and an indictment of those who, from a safe space, issue the
orders, has an unfortunate pertinence to this day.
Reader and Company make "Charlie Is My Darling," a most infectious cut that seems like something out of the 1930s.
Burns' turn at saluting the treasures of long-lasting fidelity comprises "John Anderson My Jo."
Appropriately, the release closes with a luminous version of "Auld
Lang Syne," performed a cappella early on and then with lush strings
backing. This one will define wistfulness in any future dictionary.
Reader can evoke vivid emotions with her eloquent singing and the
pairing of her vocals with the writing of Robert Burns is synergy at
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