|风格||民谣, 英语||厂牌||Blue Dandelion|
着名爱尔兰女歌手 Eleanor McEvoy 一张纯如清泉、动听至极的民歌专辑，以一把爽朗的嗓子轻唱出多首动人作品，纯朴自然的音乐风格展露无遗，在简单的配器中凸显了Eleanor动人的歌声，精彩的录音增强了歌曲的感染力，特别在女声的捕捉、换气声、口水声等都一一躲不了。
Eleanor McEvoy 是爱尔兰非常受欢迎的写歌家。她四岁开始学钢琴，八岁练小提琴而开始深爱着古典音乐。从 Trinity 大学毕业后在爱尔兰国家交响乐团工作四年，而后离开真正开始她的写歌生涯。
本碟以 DSD 录音及以 Super Audio CD 推出，2001年出版，2002年制作成SACD。
by Evan Cater
Yola was Eleanor McEvoy's follow-up to the lavishly produced pop record Snapshots, but the two records could hardly be farther apart in instrumentation. Recorded semi-live, set entirely in sparse piano-guitar-and-drum arrangements, and conceptually centered around McEvoy's partnership with classically trained pianist Brian Connor, Yola seems to find its guiding principle in its final song, which celebrates "something so wonderful, something so pure." The purity of the arrangements is indeed wonderful. McEvoy sings "Seasoned Love" in a piano-only performance that sounds like a number from a Stephen Sondheim musical, and goes a step sparser on "Isn't It a Little Late?," which is backed only by drums. But despite the vast change in instrumentation, very little separates McEvoy's songwriting on Yola from her Snapshots work. Most of these songs could easily be padded with strings, electric guitar, and synthesizers and hold up well on the earlier album. The minimal settings on Yola demonstrate what so many other barebones efforts have shown: that good songs are still good when stripped to their essentials, that less is often more, and that complexity isn't always an improvement. But then, neither is simplicity. Simple arrangements showcase an artist's fundamental strengths -- in McEvoy's case, her beautifully and skillfully crafted melodies and evocative vocals -- but they can also reveal an artist's weaknesses. Snapshots seemed an attempt to cast McEvoy as a new Sarah McLachlan, but the former lacks the latter's proficiency as a guitarist and intricacy of lyrical expression. McEvoy seems to write about only two subjects, lost love and found love, and she tends to rely on well-worn clichés like rain as a symbol for hardship and "me and you" as a central rhyme. Still, those weaknesses only contribute to the directness and purity of the recordings, and McEvoy's melodies are easily strong enough to stand on their own.
01. I Got You to See Me Through
02. Isn't It a Little Late?
03. Did I Hurt You?
04. Seasoned Love
05. The Rain Falls
06. Dreaming of Leaving
07. Easy in Love
08. Last Seen October 9th
09. Leaves Me Wondering
10. I Hear You Breathing In
11. Something So Wonderful