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Been Around

A Girl Called Eddy

Elefant Records 2020

Review by David Bowling

 

No matter how you slice it, 14 years is a long time between albums, especially if its your debut and second release.

A Girl Named Eddy, (Erin Moran), has been active on the concert stage and backing other artists, which has led to the title of her new release, Been Around.

She is basically one of those singers you can picture performing in a lounge late at night. Her voice been compared to Karen Carpenter and Carole King, but when I hear her sing, I think of Astrud Gilberto of “Girl From Ipanema” fame.

There is a preciseness to her music, plus an attention to detail. She wrote or co-wrote all the tracks and plays piano on many of the songs, but she is above all a vocalist. Her tone has a sultry quality that is also crystal clear, which adds textures and a brightness to the performances.

Her new material is less dark and melancholy than her previous release. “Come To The Palisades” is a wonderfully nostalgic tune of amusement parks, summer, being a teenager, and days that cannot be recovered. This song is a classic example of her songwriting ability as she wastes few words telling her story. She channels her inner Crissy Hyde on “Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart.”

“Charity Shop Window” is another nostalgic piece that she co-wrote with Paul Williams. She fills in the simple melodies with a small string section. The most sophisticated track is the title song as she explores her inner self, complete with a horn section and a number of background singers.

A Girl Named Eddy has now issued two well-crafted albums that are both refined and appealing. Hopefully it will not be another 14 years until her next release.

Rating: ****