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A Girl Called Eddy
A Girl Called Eddy (Anti)

By: Scott D. Lewis

If you do not love this record, you do not have a soul. Seriously. This is one of the most gorgeous and beautiful records ever. Sad and sexy. Subdued and superb. Sedate and, well, you get the point. On her full-length debut, A Girl Called Eddy (Erin Moran and band), display a wealth of calm confidence, reverence for their influences and a sound that proves that sometimes, music is the best therapeutic tool available. With a voice as smooth as a medicated Karen Carpenter and as delicately piercing as Aimee Mann's, A Girl Called Eddy lets the music organically unfold just beneath her plaintive poetics and romantic ruminations. Opener "Tears All Over Town" sounds like a classic blue-eyed soul 45 played at 33 rpm, and the following "Kathleen" is so fragile and frail, it sounds like it could crumble as it's pulled out of Moran's heart. A delicate warmth runs through "Somebody Hurt You," a riveting ballad that puts Moran's vocal talents on full display, while "People Used to Dream About the Future," is swollen with the sadness of lost promise and serves as the perfect song for a wee hours round of heartbroken, living room solo dancing. Saving the best for last, "Golden" begins as do most of the eleven tracks on A Girl Called Eddy, sweet, sad and serene, but patches of distorted guitar get thrown in and Moran's voice rises to the sonic challenging. For the first time, just at the end of her string of sorrowful songs, A Girl Called Eddy lifts up her head and strikes out a bit to protect her heart and cling onto a scrap of fleeting love. Which should be reassuring to hear since anyone with a soul who encounters this flawless record and stunning artist will want her to stay around for a long, long time.
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