Dear Reader – Day Fever

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - REVIEWS - ROB LAVEN­DER

The first al­bum in four years for Ber­lin-based South African singer­song­writer Cher­i­lyn MacNeil is a marked re­turn to form fol­low­ing 2013’s dis­ap­point­ing Rivo­nia, in which pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tor Dar­ryl Torr’s ab­sence was all too no­tice­able. With

Day Fever, how­ever, it seems Dear Reader is fi­nally thriv­ing as a solo project. MacNeil and pro­ducer John Van­der­slice have opted for an en­tirely ana­logue record­ing style here, es­chew­ing big ef­fects and record­ing di­rectly onto tape, and the re­sult is a warm, or­ganic alt-folk al­bum rem­i­nis­cent of The Bee­keeper-era Tori Amos – not only in terms of style and tone, but also in its painfully hon­est and open lyrics.

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