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Title:
Eli and the thirteenth confession
Author:
Nyro, Laura.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Columbia/Legacy, cp2002.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (57 min., 30 sec.) : digital, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc ; expanded and remastered with previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Lyrics in booklet.

Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
Luckie (3:00) -- Lu (2:45) -- Sweet blindness (2:36) -- Poverty train (4:16) -- Lonely women (3:31) -- Eli's comin (3:56) -- Timer (3:23) -- Stoned soul picnic (3:47) -- Emmie (4:20) -- Woman's blues (3:46) -- Once it was alright now (Farmer Joe) (2:56) -- December's boudoir (5:05) -- The confession (2:48) -- Bonus tracks: Lu (demo) (2:37) -- Stoned soul picnic (demo) (3:37) -- Emmie (demo) (4:25).
UPC:
696998576322
Format :
Music CD

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Nyro peaked early, and Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, just her second album, remains her best. It's not only because it contains the original versions of no less than three songs that were big hits for other artists: "Sweet Blindness" (covered by the 5th Dimension), "Stoned Soul Picnic" (also covered by the 5th Dimension), and "Eli's Comin'" (done by Three Dog Night). It's not even just because those three songs are so outstanding. It's because the album as a whole is so outstanding, with its invigorating blend of blue-eyed soul, New York pop, and early confessional singer/songwriting. Nyro sang of love, inscrutably enigmatic romantic daredevils, getting drunk, lonely women, and sensual desire with an infectious joie de vivre. The arrangements superbly complemented the material with lively brass, wailing counterpoint backup vocals, and Nyro's own ebullient piano. ~ Richie Unterberger