Eddi Reader - The Songs of Robert Burns: Deluxe Edition (4 stars)

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Eddi Reader - The Songs of Robert Burns: Deluxe Edition

(Rough Trade)

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For Burns to endure for 250 years, every generation needs its own way of appreciating him. Five years ago, Eddi Reader provided her take on the Songs of Robert Burns and not only was the folk world enraptured by one of the great Scottish voices of the age, but modern Scotland had a modern version of Burns that was neither suffocated by nostalgia nor lost in contrived translation.

Fine musicianship and Reader’s instinctive empathy with her native Ayrshireman produced a sensational set of songs; Rough Trade’s new ‘Deluxe’ version tacks on seven further recordings, ‘Green Grow the Rashes O’ and ‘Aye Waukin-O’ among them.

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