Eleanor McEvoy - What's Following Me? (1996)
Artist: Eleanor McEvoy
Title Of Album: What's Following Me?
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Columbia / CK67612
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk, Celtic, Female Vocal
Total Time: 64:01 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 154 mb / 405 mb (Covers)
Awash in critical praise for earlier musical efforts, Eleanor McEvoy released What's Following Me in 1996 for Columbia Records. True to her past musical creations, the singer/songwriter's second disc delivers 12 soft rock lullabies full of anguished yet subdued lyrics. Although frequently compared to fellow Irish songstress SinР№ad O'Connor, listeners should not expect thick Celtic inflections, stylized yodeling, and other O'Connor vocal acrobatics on What's Following Me. It's the uniquely feminine approach to personal, sometimes controversial subject matter that will remind listeners of O'Connor. Performance stylizations occupy a low priority on What's Following Me when compared to McEvoy's redemptive lyric yearnings. The constant rhyming comes off as a bit contrived, but for the most part, McEvoy employs simple, sweet poetry. Topics like alcoholism and Catholicism are explored in depth, but McEvoy's feelings of betrayal -- as expressed in her mostly lovelorn ballads -- are most central to her message. Highlights include the mellow tracks "Sleepless," "All That Surrounds Me," and the Top Ten radio hit "Precious Little." During more up-tempo numbers, McEvoy struggles with her soft-spoken vocal approach and fails to match her band's intensity. With so much to say, it would have served the songwriter well to take a few vocal cues from her more expressive countrymen and women (U2, O'Connor) as her subdued crooning adds no emotional weight to the record's livelier material. Instead, McEvoy goes to a minimal extreme, often whispering or half-speaking her lyrics, leaving listeners without a discernable melody. Entropic musical wanderings, and McEvoy's restrained vocals inhibit What's Following Me -- an otherwise successful display of introspective songwriting. New listeners might want to check out 1993's self-titled debut or the more immediate Snapshots before picking up this collection. ~ Vincent Jeffries Recorded at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, England. Personnel: Eleanor McEvoy (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, piano, harpsichord, organ, keyboards); Kieran McEvoy (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Andreja Malir (harp); David James (cello); Mark Isham (trumpet); Lloyd Byrne (drums, congas, tambourine, percussion). Audio Mixer: Kevin Moloney. Recording information: Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, England. Illustrator: Polly Becker. Personnel includes: Eleanor McEvoy (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, violin, piano, organ, harpsichord, keyboards); Kieran McEvoy (acoustic, electric & highstrung guitars, background vocals); David James (cello); Andreja Malir (harp); Mark Isham (trumpet); Jim Tate (bass); Lloyd Byrne (drums, percussion). Q (8/96, p.123) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a classic rock set-up, with great pop hooks,...occassional quirky ballads, guitar solos that stop at the right time, and that warm, sensual vocal idiosyncracy that brings in a sense of danger and vulnerability in tandem..."
01] A Glass Unkissed
02] Where Is The Healing?
03] Don't Ask Me Why
04] Precious Little
05] Whisper a Prayer to the Moon
06] Trapped Inside
08] My Own Sweet Bed Tonight
10] The Weatherman (Twelve Days)
11] The Fire Overhead
12] All that Surrounds Me
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