|Released 5 Feb 2016|
Release date 5 February 2016
Producer Mick O'Gorman
|Artist Eleanor McEvoy|
|Similar What's Following Me?, Singled Out, I'd Rather Go Blonde, Love Must Be Tough, Alone|
Naked Music is Eleanor McEvoy's twelfth studio album. Naked Music was recorded at the Grange Studio in Norfolk. McEvoy recorded the tracks by “studio-performing,” in other words, playing the songs as she would in a live performance. The album features exclusive artwork by famed painter Chris Gollon. The seeds for McEvoy and Gollon becoming involved in this “mutual stimulus” were sown when McEvoy bought Gollon's painting ‘Champagne Sheila’ after spotting it in a London gallery. In February 2015, while on tour in the UK, McEvoy visited Gollum's Exhibition “Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible” in Guildford Cathedral in Norwich. That evening Gollon attended McEvoy's sold-out show in The Bicycle Shop. McEvoy asked Gollom if he would be interested in doing the art work for the cover of Naked Music. Gollon agreed and was so taken with the songs he completed four paintings in response - two on the ‘Naked’ theme, and two related to song titles and lyrics. McEvoy was so pleased with paintings she used all four in Naked Music CD artwork.
...another truly high fidelity studio ‘live’ recording one that takes ‘minimalism’ to a whole new level. It proves, again, that all you need to make a great record is the singer, and the song And she does just that with an a cappella version of ‘The DJ’ (lifted from her 2004 album Early Hours) where she impressively carries the melody with just her vocals...But in its own right, the gentle, whiskey drinking, candle watching music of Naked Music is hard to fault. Few could compare under the glare of such a bright spotlight. Eleanor shines.
A no-brainer: take a singer adored by audiophiles for all the right reasons-great music and great recording....'The DJ' - in a cappella - is a track that will make any hi-fi sound incredible. A display of emotion and intimacy as naked as the title suggests, this CD happens to sound astonishing, too.
Quietly set, sparse and rewarding, "Naked Music", Eleanor McEvoy
...this is undiluted, lean McEvoy with sparse use of acoustic or electric guitars, tapping on an acoustic guitar, singing a cappella, the songs self-penned or co-written with Lloyd Cole or Rodney Crowell. Heady stuff for that alone, but this has even more resonance for me: I heard her play a selection of the tracks, armed only with guitar, at a gallery showing paintings by the artist who inspired them. (Chris Gollon) Rushing home to hear it on my system, hell yeah - it's as close to 'real' as you get, short of seeing her live (which I recommend). Unbridled, intimate gorgeousness. KK
1Wrong so Wrong (Naked)2:46
2Dreaming of Leaving (Naked)2:45
3Deliver Me (Naked)3:08