Eleanor Tomlinson – Tales from Home

Lame heard beauty:


Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson is following the well-established if not entirely auspicious showbiz tradition of actors releasing covers albums just in time for father’s day.

Tales From Home does at least have the distinction of an uncommonly tasteful selection of tracks, including new versions of Gordon Lightfoot’s If You Could Read My Mind, Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me and Fairport Convention’s Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

Inevitably, however, Tomlinson doesn’t bring much in the way of originality or pizzazz to her interpretations. She has a pleasant if not particularly distinctive voice, but the music itself is bland and rather cheap-sounding, like supermarket muzak.

Hardly essential, but as amiably inoffensive as a Sunday evening period drama.

This review first appeared in the Irish News