A Girl Called Eddy – Been Around

‘Girl, where you been?’

That is the question people have been asking since Erin Moran (no, not that one) dropped her first full-length under her A Girl Called Eddy nom de plume.

Fifteen years and change later, she has finally released her follow-up, and it was almost worth the wait.

I mean, it is an absolutely stunning set of Brill Building-inspired brilliance tempered with that early 70s singer-songwriter bittersweetness that rose from Laurel Canyon.

And the words ‘Girl, where you been?’ are the first you hear on the album’s gorgeously sumptuously melancholic opener, Been Around.

It’s a slow, considered taking of stock, one that you could imagine coming from everyone from Carole King to Aimee Mann.

And yet, it doesn’t quite sound like anyone else.

It does, much like her first album, sound like something from a time before now.

Something overlooked back in the day.

Something that has, indeed, been around.

Which may be why the song is content to take its time, to keep building up, to offer truisms and observations about how even when you are broken,  you can still turn a situation around.

‘If losers never quit then I’m thoroughly equipped to keep on,’ she sings, in a way that suggests you can too.

I hope she does.

And that it doesn’t take another 15 years what she’s been up to and where she’s been.

The City-Wasn’t Born to Follow

Last night, I dug out the one and only album of The City, a short-lived band led by Carole King.

Very few people bought the album, which may have been due in part to the fact that the label, Ode, was changing distribution from Columbia/CBS to A&M at the time, but it probably didn’t help that Carole did not want to perform live.

Over the years, the album, called Now That Everything’s Been Said, has acquired a cult, and for good reason: it’s a strong collection of songs very much in the vein of the pop hits Carole had been writing (with Gerry Goffin) for artists like Little Eva and The Shirelles, but with nascent hints of what would become known as the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter scene.

There are many highlights, but for me Wasn’t Born to Follow is the finest song on the album, an odd elegiac mood piece that, I think, is about suicide or death or draft dodging.

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