What does it sound like?:
New Jersey’s Erin Moran (A Girl Called Eddy) released her first recordings in 2001. A couple of intriguing EP’s led to her eponymous album, in 2004. It was a stunning debut. Erin’s velvety voice, the lush orchestration and the quality of the song writing all led critics to believe that A Girl Called Eddy was going to have a stellar career.
In 2008, Erin appeared on a Beatles tribute cd for Mojo magazine, singing ‘Julia’ from the White Album.
In 2018, Erin resurfaced with a French musician, Medhi Zannad, under the title The Last Detail and released a handful of shimmering pop songs which made her fans prick their ears up. ‘Could there be new Eddy music coming?’
And, lo, it did come to pass.
Erin has hooked up with one one of my favourite musicians on the planet, Daniel Tashian, as producer. But, if you employ Daniel to produce your album, you know you’re getting today’s Todd Rundgren. Tashian co-writes most of the songs, plays drums, guitars and bass on nearly every track and sings with Erin on the Bonus Track, Pale Blue Moon.
So, after that build up, what do you get from Erin Moran’s return, after 16 years?
You get Karen Carpenter vocals. You get Burt Bacharach chord changes. You get Todd Rundgren backing vocals and chords.
You get the best melancholic pop songs around.
And you get Steely Dan horns.
Lots of them.
Bucket loads of those 1970’s, New York, summery, sassy, sexy, STEELY DAN HORNS!
And songs. Oh, such songs. Such brilliant, beautiful songs. Lyrics which floor you. Music which lifts you.
As you can tell, I bloody adore this album.
My album of the year? Could be.
“Where you been, girl?”
What does it all *mean*?
This is a perfect summer album. It sounds like hot, New York streets, kids running through the fire hydrant water, sirens in the distance.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
Burt, Karen, Todd, Roy O, Van, Laura, Tom, Chrissie, Jackie De S, Neil H,