Angels & Electricity

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Angels & Electricity
Studio album by Eddi Reader
Released United Kingdom 11 May 1998
Japan 25 June 1998
United States 23 March 1999
Recorded Barry Hammond (Chipping Norton Recording Studios)
Jon Inskip/James Loughrey (Britannia Row)
Jeremy Gil (The Roundhouse
Roy Dodds (at his house)
Genre Folk
Length 57:41
Label Blanco y Negro
Producer Eddi Reader
Boo Hewerdine
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Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Angels & Electricity is the fourth studio album by Eddi Reader released in the UK on 11 May 1998.

The album has provided Reader with some of her most popular songs including "Kiteflyer's Hill", "Bell, Book and Candle" and "Please Don’t Ask Me to Dance".

As usual, Reader draws on a number of songwriters including "On a Whim", written for her by Ron Sexsmith, "Kiteflyer's Hill" by ex-Fairground Attraction band member Mark Nevin and long-time musical partner Boo Hewerdine.

The album was to be her last for a major record label, Blanco y Negro (Warners) and Reader would later agree a deal with UK independent label Rough Trade.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kiteflyer’s Hill" (Mark E. Nevin) - 6:06
  2. "Prayer Wheel" (Eddi Reader/Boo Hewerdine) - 4:45
  3. "Postcard" (Eddi Reader/Calum MacColl) - 4:04
  4. "Wings on My Heels" (Boo Hewerdine) - 4:45
  5. "On a Whim" (Ron Sexsmith) - 3:09
  6. "Hummingbird" (Boo Hewerdine) - 4:35
  7. "Barcelona Window" (Eddi Reader/Boo Hewerdine) - 4:17
  8. "Bell, Book and Candle" (Boo Hewerdine) - 4:13
  9. "California" (Eddi Reader/Boo Hewerdine) - 4:35
  10. "Follow My Tears" (Eddi Reader/Boo Hewerdine) - 4:54
  11. "Psychic Reader" (Eddi Reader) - 4:13
  12. "Please Don’t Ask Me to Dance" (Boo Hewerdine) - 3:24
  13. "Clear" (Eddi Reader/Calum MacColl/Roy Dodds) - 4:39


  • Eddi Reader: vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Boo Hewerdine: acoustic guitar, bells, additional vocals
  • Teddy Borowiecki: keyboards, melodica
  • Tim Harries: bass guitar
  • Roy Dodds: drums, percussion, hand claps, loop drumming
  • Johnny Scott: pedal steel, guitars, mandolin, dobro
  • Calum MacColl: electric, slide and high-strung guitar, dulcimer, zither, thumb piano, additional vocal
  • Neill MacColl: electric and acoustic guitars, bells
  • Graham Henderson: hammond organ, keyboards
  • The Electra Strings: strings


  1. ^ Anderson, Rick. Angels & Electricity at AllMusic