ELEANOR MCEVOY

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Naked Mu­sic

Moscodisc ★★★

Most mu­si­cians go through their en­tire ca­reer with­out look­ing back over their shoul­ders. In Eleanor McEvoy’s case, her most re­cent re­leases have en­tailed scru­ti­n­is­ing her past. Af­ter 2014’s odds ‘n’ ends com­pi­la­tion Stuff, this col­lec­tion sees the Dubliner strip­ping songs from her cat­a­logue to their barest bones and re-record­ing them with just voice and gui­tar (and on oc­ca­sion, key­boards and min­i­mal per­cus­sion). It’s a suc­cess­ful ven­ture over­all; McEvoy’s dis­tinc­tive voice is charged with a new­found ex­pe­ri­ence on the likes of 1999’s Please Heart, You’re Killing Me and Look Like Me, while an a

cap­pella telling of The DJ is im­pres­sive and af­fect­ing. It may not gather in any new fans, but th­ese ver­sions of­fer a re­fresh­ing per­spec­tive on some truly durable and en­joy­able tunes from McEvoy’s canon. eleanorm­cevoy.com

This col­lec­tion sees the Dubliner strip­ping songs from her cat­a­logue to their barest bones and re-record­ing with just voice and gui­tar

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