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A Girl Called Eddy

Amateur psychologists have a ready-made theory to use in analyzing the gorgeous, evocative music made by New Jersey singer-songwriter Erin Moran. She shares a moniker with the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on a ubiquitous TV sitcom, but her songs seldom concern themselves with happy days.

Erin/Eddy, who lists herself on this CD's liner as "E. Moran," has a throaty voice that coaxes maximum melancholy from compositions dealing with lost love ("Tears All Over Town"), withering love ("People Used to Dream About the Future") and the death of a beloved mother ("Kathleen"). Producer Richard Hawley sets these tales against ornate backdrops drenched with string substitutes and the occasional vibraphone. The result is simultaneously ravishing and ravished -- a chronicle of sadness and the strength needed to keep it at bay that makes absolutely no concessions to musical fashion.

The album's cover sports the outline of a vinyl platter, giving it the timeworn look of an LP from years gone by -- but the image isn't intended to evoke nostalgia. This Erin Moran specializes in hurt that feels like forever.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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