Eleanor McEvoy Love Must Be Tough On 180g Import Vinyl LP!
In a direction first hinted at on Early Hours, Eleanor McEvoy's 7th album, Love Must Be Tough adds in an entirely new twist. With a supporting cast of Ireland’s finest musicians in the form of the South King Street Band, Eleanor takes a retro ride back to the late '50s/early '60s birth of rock & roll replete with ragtime jazz trumpets, trombones and saxophones. Originally conceived as a covers album based on the theme of hitting 40 and mid life crisis, Love Must Tough has emerged as a hybrid; mainly covers/interpretations, but mixed with an original and a handful of co-written numbers.
The album opens with a quirky almost bossa nova version of the 1965 Jagger/Richards penned "Mother’s Little Helper," the line ‘what a drag it is getting old’ setting the scene for the whole set. It’s followed by the title track co-written with Johnny Rivers, a track as good as anything Eleanor’s ever done. Not far behind is "Old New Borrowed And Blue," one of two tracks co-written with The Beautiful South’s Dave Rotheray.
Love Must Be Tough is a bold break from the approach of Out There, but while exploring old ground with a fresh slant it nevertheless remains an album that has all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Eleanor; great songs, fantastic production and, of course, Eleanor’s wonderful vocals.
Eleanor McEvoy Love Must Be Tough Track Listing
1. Mother's Little Helper (Jagger/Richards)
2. Love Must Be Tough (E. McEvoy/Johnny Rivers)
3. Old New Borrowed And Blue (E. McEvoy/D. Rotheray)
4. Lubbock Woman (Terry Allen)
5. If You Want Me To Stay (S. Stewart)
6. Roll Out Better Days (E. McEvoy)
7. The Night May Still Be Young But I Am Not (E. McEvoy/D. Rotheray)
8. Hands Off Him (Bowman/McShann)
9. Shame On The Moon (Rodney Crowell)
10. Easy In Love (E. McEvoy/B. Parker)
11. He Never Spoke Spanish To Me (Butch Hancock)
12. I Knew The Bride (When She Use To Rock N Roll) (Nick Lowe)