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‘Vagabond’ from Eddi Reader - a personal journey shared

(January 21, 2014)

Listening to Eddi Reader sing always reveals a personal journey – both hers and yours. The songs she vagabond_fbsings turn into personal records of one life and many lives through the depth of emotion plumbed by her voice. Her latest album ‘Vagabond’ probably does more than most to lay bare her feelings and reach out to touch yours. There’s a gentle poignancy to this collection that combines fragility with resilience and softness with resolve.

The unhurried elegance of ‘I’ll Never Be The Same’ made memorable by Billie Holiday is given a fresh and loving outing, the self-penned ‘Back The Dogs (Dancing Down Rock)’ fuelled by sage and aged advice, the reckless yearning and essential truth of ‘Vagabond’ – these three lead you into the sharing experience that encapsulates this album. There’s a distinct feeling that Eddi is allowing you into her world – or at least her world caught in a moment of time, persists throughout. Perhaps that’s why the impression persists that many will identify with the revelations.

On a purely personal note, ‘Vagabond’ includes one of my all-time favourites ‘Macushla (My Darling)’ by the late Scottish singer-songwriter Michael Marra, pure poetry and everything a song about love should be – and Eddi excels - all you have to do is listen.

Recorded by Mark Freegard in Glasgow ‘Vagabond’ was produced by Eddi and features a small universe of talent with John Douglas, Alan Kelly, Ian Carr, Ewen Vernal, Roy Dodds, John McCusker and Boo Hewerdine. And as an added treat the insert booklet tells you all you need to know about the songs.

Eddi Reader's website: www.eddireader.co.uk

Reviewer: Dan Holland

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