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While her debut came out in 2004 to much critical acclaim and was produced by Richard Hawley, it has been a while - 15 years! - for her second album to drop (to say the least). But here is Been Around and yes, it was definitely worth the wait. Very much worth it. Throughout her career she has collaborated and provided vocals on projects as varied as Ron Sexsmith (Exit Strategy Of The Soul), Super Furry Animals, to French superstar Phillip Katerine's indie classic "Parlez Vous Anglais, Mr. Katerine?".
Her debut album saw her out on tour supporting acts as diverse as Josh Ritter, Rufus Wainwright, The Beautiful South and the Cure. And with that first record Moran has gathered a rather impressive list of fans: from Jane Birkin, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Tracey Thorn to Robert Smith, Don Henley, Jarvis Cocker and Burt Bacharach to name just a few. Been Around has arrived looking like a classic. Referencing her heroes from Laura Nyro, and Van Morrison, to Steely Dan and Prefab Sprout, she has put together a collection of songs that still sound completely her own. They bring an essence of the past and real heart to the present. To a 21st century desperately in need of this kind of elegance, soul and inspiration, it is welcome indeed.