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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000MGVBQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Combining the technique of a classical vocalist with the emotive breath of a folk singer, Scottish singer Eddi Reader releases her highly anticipated sixth album, PEACETIME. PEACETIME is a luscious, captivating album, bringing together some of the UK's finest folk musicians with members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to perform a collection of beautifully orchestrated folk-pop songs. Featuring special guests Ian Carr, Phil Cunningham, Andy Cutting, Roy Dodd, Boo Hewerdine, Alan Kelly, James Mackintosh, John McCluster and more.

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"Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon" joins the ranks of my all time favorite Eddi cuts.
EddieLove
From "Patience of Angels" to "Siren", and every song in between, I didn't think it could get any better than that!
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The timeless redhead's constant is her voice - which, at 47, sounds even more crystalline and perfect than ever.
Captain Cook

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Vargo on April 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Stunning recording. I bawled my eyes out. The sentiments are wistful and sad and sweetly delivered. Isn't that the yin-yan perfection that makes the heart ache? Consistent from beginning to end, with nary a clunker (first time ever for her, though she's never had many clunkers). She discovered the most lovely-with-heartsickness Burns poem ever in "Aye Waukin-O" (always awake) and made a charming tune to go with it.

I always find songs about finding a true home and being promised care and protection to be the most moving, and "The Shepherd's Song" is one of those songs. Maybe such songs are so moving because we know that--in this life at least--we can never be guaranteed either.

The other tracks that got 5 stars in my iTunes library were "Should I Pray?", "The Afton", and "Peacetime." All of these songs are about the scary side of something beautiful, about lost and compromised goodness, and the yearning for things many of us desire most: pure intentions, restored nature, and especially peace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Captain Cook on March 8, 2007
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Perhaps if Eddi Reader had stuck to pop, she might just about be remembered as the crystalline-voiced housewives' choice who topped the pop charts in 1988 with Fairground Attraction's Perfect. However, she has displayed remarkable longevity by moving between other genres. Her latest show skips from pop (Perfect, Patience of Angels) to Celtic folk and Lucinda Williams-style country rock, songs by Robert Burns and, on her new album Peacetime, songs that hopefully suggest alternatives to pelting the world with bombs.

The timeless redhead's constant is her voice - which, at 47, sounds even more crystalline and perfect than ever. However, Reader's trump card is a salacious down-to-earth wit that allows her to take her audience with her. Perhaps Burns's 18th-century Brose and Butter might seem a little highbrow if Reader didn't helpfully explain that it's about masturbation. "The boys are going to fire away at it," she shrieks.

The "boys" are a consummate band, including Fairground drummer Roy Dodds, longtime cohort Boo Hewerdine and folk protege Kris Drever, who provide the butt for Reader's saucy jokes and handle the Glaswegian's moods with note-perfect precision.

Prisons is a shimmering pop wonder. Declan O'Rourke's Galileo is a spine-tingling love song. The Afton, from her new album, is a stirring homage to an Ayrshire river which remains beautiful "even with the trolleys and nappies".

A spectacular scat remodel of Elvis Presley's Mystery Train suggests yet another new direction. However, it is perhaps most wonderful to see her fail to keep a straight face singing Burns's Charlie Is My Darling, a traditional, stirring, romantic stomp about, according to Reader, "how easy it is to make love in a kilt".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EddieLove on November 4, 2007
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Eddi continues to pay tribute to traditional Scottish words and music, but also seamlessly mixes in new music by frequent collaborators. It's all typically gorgeous. There's no better voice in music and her taste in material is unerring. "Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon" joins the ranks of my all time favorite Eddi cuts. Glorious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2009
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I've been a fan of Eddi Reader ever since I first heard her glorious cover of "Nobody Lives Without Love" on the Batman Forever soundtrack. (this was the mid-90's) I spent that summer back in the UK with my grandparents. While everyone else was reveling in Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" (and rightly so) I immediately went out hunting for more of Eddi Reader's music.

Rummaging through a used records bin in Dorking I came across her self-titled album. From "Patience of Angels" to "Siren", and every song in between, I didn't think it could get any better than that! I was so glad to finally have this music in my life.

Actually, I'd been a fan longer than I knew only I didn't know it. Turns out the heavenly voice coming through my speakers was the same voice that I loved during my childhood, when Fairground Attraction put out "Perfect" and "Find My Love". It was like coming full circle.

So, fast forward almost 20 years and Eddi has released her best record yet. Each listen and it still remains fresh and inspiring. The arrangements, the songwriting, the brilliant interpretations of traditional tunes... it truly doesn't get any better than this!
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Is Amazon's 15 track listing for Eddi Reader's "Peacetime" correct?
From what I have seen elsewhere, this is the correct listing for the US release on Compass records.
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