Erin - Songs From The End Of My Bed

Published Monday 22nd January 2007
Erin - Songs From The End Of My Bed
Erin - Songs From The End Of My Bed

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 20201-11529
LABEL: Independent FISHP001CD

Reviewed by Adrian Cherrill

Regular Cross Rhythms readers will know that this Devon-based singer/songwriter has already attracted enthusiastic reviews for her live appearances at last year's festivals. Now comes Erin Starnes' debut album, produced by Paul Burton and including such seasoned CCM musicians as Matt Weeks, Dan Wheeler and Ant Parker (long-in-tooth readers will remember he once fronted those wild folkies Why?). The track "But You Say" is currently a Cross Rhythms turntable hit. There is some solid, if unspectacular, songwriting with lyrics that have a feel of personal worship, driven in general by Erin's own competent acoustic guitar and soulful vocals. The problem is that, although this is essentially an acoustic-driven album, it never quite seems to get out of second gear, despite threatening to virtually all the way through. Having said that, Erin's haunting voice and some good songs (particularly the brooding "City On A Hill", "How Could It Be?", "Eternity" and the closing "House On The Sand") register despite the rather flat production. You're left with the impression that just a little extra thought would have turned a good album into a very good one. But there is a lot of promise in this collection and if Erin concentrates on developing her songs a bit more, her next album could be an absolute gem. If you are looking for a gentle, roots-tinged album or a new UK singer/songwriter with the potential to go far, your search is over.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

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Reader Comments

Posted by kathryn in london beckenham @ 21:32 on Oct 19 2008

the first time i heard erin voice was in a place called georgeham. she has a wonderful voice. her songs bring tears to me.

Posted by Kat in Germany - Erlangen @ 16:32 on Oct 5 2008

Its an amazing cd...i love it and she's a great person. You have to buy that album!!

Posted by Jim Jones in Devon @ 16:27 on Aug 1 2007

Erin is a quality songwriter and i urge everyone to buy the album. You wont be dissapointed.

Posted by John in bristol @ 11:41 on Mar 23 2007

Hey, I got a copy of her album from a friend of hers, its awesome with a really cool beat, I would definitely recommend it

Posted by Helene in Surrey @ 13:40 on Mar 2 2007

I met Erin at a church in devon when i went there in the half term- She gave me a free Cd and i love her music! It is beautiful and freeing to listen to. The lyrics wash over you like fresh water- the water of life. My favourite song is: but you say. She has a god-given gift for music. :D

Posted by Samuel in Ilfracombe @ 09:27 on Nov 30 2006

Fantastic album

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