E.G. Daily

Tearing Down the Walls

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For most of the '90s, E.G. Daily was absent from the charts and wasn't signed to any label. Those who knew the L.A.-based singer/actress from her '80s albums on A&M were wondering what happened to her, and the answer is that she had been keeping busy doing a lot of voice-overs; the most famous were for the Rugrats and the character of Babe (yes, Babe the talking pig) in the 1998 film Babe: Pig in the City. You certainly have to admire Daily's flexibility; not everyone could portray a talking pig and then turn around and record an introspective singer/songwriter offering like Tearing Down the Walls. This album, her first in ten years, has a very reflective tone, and "personal" is definitely the watchword on "Someday," "Here It Goes Again," "The Walls," and other songs she wrote or co-wrote. At 36, Daily was still best known for her Madonna-ish hit of 1986, "Say It, Say It," but you won't find any high-gloss dance music or urban contemporary on this intimate, often confessional pop/rock date. It was nice to see Daily recording again, and one hopes she won't make listeners wait another ten years for her next album.

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