Eddi Reader - Peacetime

After brief success with Fairground Attraction in the late 80s, Eddi Reader left to pursue a solo career. Peacetime follows on from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns, yet, judging by the number of his words here, Ayrshire's most famous poet is a continuing obsession. Living contributors to the album include John Douglas of The Trash Can Sinatras and Boo Hewerdine.

Despite Reader expressing a desire to escape the folk tab with this release, it would be hard to label much of Peacetime as anything else (although a couple of tracks hint at The Carpenters). Folk is a genre not without its traps; at one end the scary old men with beards and holey sweaters image, and at the other The Corrs’ overly pretty tourist board compositions. If done right, however, it can be sexy, albeit in the loosest sense of the word (see James Yorkston or much of the Dead Man’s Shoes soundtrack).

So where does this fall? If Peacetime is rather too smooth, it’s not quite off-puttingly sickly. That said, I did count at least one instance where I thought I heard that whistle from "Titanic". Reader, still possessed with a voice as clear as a mountain brook, is obviously a romantic, and, if these songs aren't going to satisfy those looking for grit, she easily achieves the pleasantness suggested by the title.

Overall

6

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 03:20:24

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