RELEASE
March 03, 1968
LABEL
Columbia
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, AM Pop

Album Review

Nyro peaked early, and Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, just her second album, remains her best. It's not only because it contains the original versions of no less than three songs that were big hits for other artists: "Sweet Blindness" (covered by the 5th Dimension), "Stoned Soul Picnic" (also covered by the 5th Dimension), and "Eli's Comin'" (done by Three Dog Night). It's not even just because those three songs are so outstanding. It's because the album as a whole is so outstanding, with its invigorating blend of blue-eyed soul, New York pop, and early confessional singer/songwriting. Nyro sang of love, inscrutably enigmatic romantic daredevils, getting drunk, lonely women, and sensual desire with an infectious joie de vivre. The arrangements superbly complemented the material with lively brass, wailing counterpoint backup vocals, and Nyro's own ebullient piano. The 2002 CD reissue adds three previously unreleased demos, with no instrumental accompaniment save piano, of "Lu," "Stoned Soul Picnic," and "Emmie."
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Luckiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/luckie/id251016022?i=251016028&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Luhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lu/id251016022?i=251016041&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Sweet Blindnesshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sweet-blindness/id251016022?i=251016050&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Poverty Trainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/poverty-train/id251016022?i=251016055&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Lonely Womenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lonely-women/id251016022?i=251016063&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Eli's Cominghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/eli-thirteenth-confession/id251016022?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Timerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/timer/id251016022?i=251016092&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Stoned Soul Picnichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stoned-soul-picnic/id251016022?i=251016100&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Emmiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/emmie/id251016022?i=251016203&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Woman's Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/womans-blues/id251016022?i=251016212&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)http://itunes.apple.com/album/once-it-was-alright-now-farmer-joe/id251016022?i=251016251&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. December's Boudoirhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decembers-boudoir/id251016022?i=251016263&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. The Confessionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-confession/id251016022?i=251016289&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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