Eddi Reader - Vagabond

Mature, compelling song collection

 

Eddi Reader has been around
long enough to have built a
fine reputation and huge
respect among her peers. This
new album, with all its maturity,
self-assurance and rich musical
reference points, suggests that
such admiration can only grow
in stature. Recorded in
Glasgow with a group of well-established
collaborators,
including longstanding cohort
Boo Hewerdine, Vagabond’s
14 tracks vary from the
delightful early 30s song I’ll
Never Be The Same to the
country-tinged It’s A Beautiful
Night, the gentle dance that is
Macushla and to the one-take
beauty of Snowflakes In The
Sun. The album’s seemingly
effortless flow makes you feel
as though you’re enveloped in
the warm glow of a wine-tinged
winter’s evening.

Reader’s voice is as
expressive and clear as
ever, while the experienced
musicians supply a framework
that allows the songs
themselves to remain the
primary focus; particularly
effective are the interweaving
of an accordion and a soprano
saxophone on Midnight In
Paris 1979. Reader’s own
explanatory notes enrich these
universal songs with a
personal edge, completing a
particularly satisfying package.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Reveal | 022 CDX

Reviewed by Kingsley Abbott
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