Now in her 20th year of surviving and thriving in the music industry Eleanor McEvoy delights us with her famous powers as a wordsmith and melody writer. Her 8th studio album I’d Rather Go Blonde contains the unmistakable style and talents that have earned her the title of one of Ireland’s most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters. Ever famous for her song Only A Woman’s Heart, Eleanor continues to take her listeners on a journey with music through enlightening realisations about life and the realities that surround us today.
I’d Rather Go Blonde is a delightfully thought provoking album which tackles many of the thorny subjects rife in Irish society and the world as a whole. Quoted on her own website she states “…. this album is all me, and I am very proud of it”. Rightly so, the title track is an excellent demonstration of her wondrous way of facing life and it’s “little” challenges giving voice to everyone’s right to have an opinion and view of self. My personal favorite has to be Look Like Me, a definite reminder to be happy in your skin.
Her use of rich and yet simple melodies and harmonies, entices the listener further to explore the songs, every track offers a captivating melody intertwined with poignantly placed words and emotions. Eleanor’s outstanding musical abilities, that once earned her a position with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, have over her career been finely honed and now produce effortless performances, of amazing compositions with deep felt and far reaching harmonies. Her art as a song seamstress is obviously seen in this album, a wonderful use of humour, coupled with a clever insight of everyday issues, love, religion, self belief to name only a few, leaves the listener left thinking with a fresh new vision of the world around.