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Let's Get Out Of This Country - 2023 Reissue

    "Let's Get Out Of This Country" is the album of maturity, the album of a group that has a solid international position and a third album that will immortalize them. It was recorded in Sweden and produced by Jari Haapalainen (Ed Harcourt, The Concretes), and with it, Tracyanne Campbell and company made the definitive leap with their arrangements, energy, harmonies and composition. Some of the musicians that recorded the strings had recently toured with Brian Wilson and Arthur Lee & Love. The album's collaborators incl- ude Victoria Bergsman from The Concretes, Britta Persson and members of Swedish groups like The Tourettes, Laakso and Speedmarket Avenue. And we get "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken", "Tears For Affairs", "Razzle Dazzle Rose" and "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to confirm this. And of course, they toured the entire world, were heard on "Grey's Anatomy", and then signed to 4AD.

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    01 Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken
    02 Tears For Affairs
    03 Come Back Margaret
    04 Dory Previn
    05 The False Contender
    06 Let’s Get Out Of This Country
    07 Country Mile
    08 If Looks Could Kill
    09 I Need All The Friends I Can Get
    10 Razzle Dazzle Rose

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    Underachievers Please Try Harder - 2023 Reissue

      "Underachievers Please Try Harder" is the album on which Stuart Murdoch continued showing his support for the band with the cover photo; the album produced by Geoff Allan (Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, The Delgados, Arab Strap And Belle & Sebastian); the album that quickly surpassed 100,000 copies sold, a number that causes a bit of vertigo nowadays; the album that put them at the top of indie lists in the United States, and that was included on an episode of our beloved "Gilmore Girls".

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      01 Suspended From Class
      02 Keep It Clean
      03 A Sisters Social Agony
      04 Teenager
      05 Before You Cry
      06 Your Picture
      07 Number One Son
      08 Let Me Go Home
      09 Books Written For Girls
      10 Knee Deep At The National Pop League
      11 Lunar Sea

      A Girl Called Eddy

      Been Around

        A little more than a year ago Elefant released a very special album from a new project called THE LAST DETAIL, a super group, formed by FUGU and A GIRL CALLED EDDY. Or in other words, Mehdi Zannad and Erin Moran. Just over a year later, here they are releasing an album that many people didn't ever think would every come, the second A GIRL CALLED EDDY album.

        While her debut came out in 2004 to much critical acclaim and was produced by Richard Hawley, it has been a while to say the least. But here is "Been Around" and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. Very much worth it. Throughout her career she has collaborated and provided vocals on projects as varied as Ron Sexsmith ("Exit Strategy Of The Soul"), SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, to French superstar Phillip Katerine's indie classic "Parlez Vous Anglais, Mr. Katerine?". Her debut album saw her out on tour supporting acts as diverse as Josh Ritter, Rufus Wainwright, THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH and THE CURE. And with that first record Moran has gathered a rather impressive list of fans: from Jane Birkin, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Tracey Thorn to Robert Smith, Don Henley, Jarvis Cocker and Burt Bacharach to name just a few. "Been Around" has arrived looking like a classic. Referencing her heroes from Laura Nyro, and Van Morrison, to Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout, she has put together a collection of songs that still sound completely her own. They bring an essence of the past and real heart to the present. To a 21st century desperately in need of this kind of elegance, soul and inspiration, it is welcome indeed.

        The arrangements on this album work on a different level to Morans debut. Where that album was steeped in dark melancholy, this record seems to bathe in the warm yellow Kodachrome-glow of the best of the 1970's. A looking back, but not pastiche. A sense of genuineness and heart permeates every track. This is an album so full of detail and wonder that we could go on and on. "Been Around" is an enormous record. Made with love. Made the old-fashioned way. Perhaps that’s where its timelessness comes from. Is reaching this exceptional and rich level of composition and emotion justification for such a long silence from A GIRL CALLED EDDY? Is that a question even worth asking? You haven't heard an album like this in fifteen years. She's back. Dig in and enjoy.


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