Eleanor McEvoy: Love Must Be Tough

~ Wednesday, 24 June 2009
For Eleanor McEvoy, her best known song Only A Woman's Heart could be a millstone round her neck. Since the worldwide success of the song she has never quite managed to maintain the commercial success that it afforded her. This is despite the fact that she has released a string of excellent albums that are packed full of sparkling folk and pop all with her signature vocal style.

She has always been one of those artist whose music you either love or hate. I fall into the former with her album Early Hours a constant presence on the ipod.

Her last album Out There was a slightly disappointing affair, not quite up to her usual standard, so I was looking forward to hearing this new album to see if she was back on track.

I really wanted to like this album. I really did and there are some redeeming moments. Roll Out Better Days is a fantastic slice of Celtic soul that Van Morrison would be proud of and Hands Off Him is a classic piece of blues. Easy In Love has an infectiousness that is hard to resist and the cover of Nick Lowe's I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock 'n Roll) is cute but the rest of the album is just... well.... ordinary and the rather cold production doesn't help.

Eleanor McEvoy is an artist worth checking out, just not this album. Seeking out the recently remastered Snapshots or the brilliant Yola will be far more rewarding.


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