Dear Reader - Idealistic Animals

A quirky and sincere collection
Dear Reader - Idealistic Animals
Much has changed in the life of Cheri MacNeil, the South African behind Dear Reader. Having amicably split from her musical partner Darryl Torr, she relocated from Johannesburg to Berlin, but also - and perhaps more significantly - underwent a loss of her religious faith. ‘Idealistic Animals’ is therefore a break-up album with MacNeil choosing to explore her base values by writing each song about an animal concept. If this premise requires its own leap of faith, the songs are rich in honesty and MacNeil’s warm vocal, with the sweeping ‘WHALE (BooHoo) and baroque folk of ‘MOLE (Mole) working best. A quirky and sincere collection.

7/10

Words by JOHN FREEMAN

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