What's Following Me

What's Following Me

by Eleanor McEvoy
     
 

Awash in critical praise for earlier musical efforts, Eleanor McEvoy released What's Following Me in 1996 for Columbia Records. True to her past musical creations, the singer/songwriter's second disc delivers 12 soft rock lullabies full of anguished yet subdued lyrics. Although frequently compared to fellow Irish songstress Sinéad OSee more details below

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Awash in critical praise for earlier musical efforts, Eleanor McEvoy released What's Following Me in 1996 for Columbia Records. True to her past musical creations, the singer/songwriter's second disc delivers 12 soft rock lullabies full of anguished yet subdued lyrics. Although frequently compared to fellow Irish songstress Sinéad O'Connor, listeners should not expect thick Celtic inflections, stylized yodeling, and other O'Connor vocal acrobatics on What's Following Me. It's the uniquely feminine approach to personal, sometimes controversial subject matter that will remind listeners of O'Connor. Performance stylizations occupy a low priority on What's Following Me when compared to McEvoy's redemptive lyric yearnings. The constant rhyming comes off as a bit contrived, but for the most part, McEvoy employs simple, sweet poetry. Topics like alcoholism and Catholicism are explored in depth, but McEvoy's feelings of betrayal -- as expressed in her mostly lovelorn ballads -- are most central to her message. Highlights include the mellow tracks "Sleepless," "All That Surrounds Me," and the Top Ten radio hit "Precious Little." During more up-tempo numbers, McEvoy struggles with her soft-spoken vocal approach and fails to match her band's intensity. With so much to say, it would have served the songwriter well to take a few vocal cues from her more expressive countrymen and women (U2, O'Connor) as her subdued crooning adds no emotional weight to the record's livelier material. Instead, McEvoy goes to a minimal extreme, often whispering or half-speaking her lyrics, leaving listeners without a discernable melody. Entropic musical wanderings, and McEvoy's restrained vocals inhibit What's Following Me -- an otherwise successful display of introspective songwriting. New listeners might want to check out 1993's self-titled debut or the more immediate Snapshots before picking up this collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/1996
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646761229
catalogNumber:
67612

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eleanor McEvoy   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Violin,Electric Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Isham   Trumpet
David James   Cello
Lloyd Byrne   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Multi Instruments
Kieran McEvoy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Tatem   Bass
Andreja Malir   Harp

Technical Credits

Greg Calbi   Mastering
Kevin Moloney   Producer,Engineer
Eleanor McEvoy   Producer,String Arrangements
Tracy Boychuk   Art Direction
Polly Becker   Illustrations

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