Eddi Reader – Barbican

Why this gig?

Because Eddi Reader is one of the loveliest people working in the music industry.

Because “Perfect” is still one of the best songs for getting me into that summer mood.

Because I saw her at the Union Chapel a couple of years ago and it was a great show.

Support

Support came from Kris Drever & Éamonn Coyne – a pair of singer/songwriters from Scotland. It was pleasant enough stuff, but nothing really distinguished it from all the other Scottish singer/songwriters.

There was one nice point when Eddi came out and joined them for a song. Apparently they had no idea she was going to do that.

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I don’t have too much to say about this, to be honest. It was all slightly disappointing. Eddi has a new album out (called Vagabond) and I know she was touring to promote it but, on the evidence of this show, it’s not a very good album. I know that twenty-five years have passed since First of a Million Kisses and I know that people mature and change, but I don’t really want to hear pop stars from my youth singing standards like “Moon River”.

She still has a fantastic voice and great stage presence. When she sings “Perfect” and “The Moon is Mine” it’s wonderful. But a lot of the other material was a bit of a let-down I’m afraid.

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