What the critics said...

"A stunning return” – THE SUNDAY TIMES

“A mightly, powerful work. As beautiful as it is brave, as bold as it is true.” – TIME OUT

“A lovely, sweeping piece of work” – THE OBSERVER

"Long Shot Novena glows with a very specific kind of lyrical and musical grace” – PUNCH

“A brave, challenging album that stands up to repeated plays” – THE INDEPENDENT

“Rose is capable of a kaleidoscope of emotion in the same song, injecting the tracks with a living, breathing reality” – THE EXPRESS

“Strong tunes that veer from Dylanesque to something oddly akin to Pink Floyd” – THE TELEGRAPH

“Like Lucinda Williams but with softer edges, Rose fuses country, honky-tonk and smouldering pop into something all of her own” – TIME
Long Shot Novena

LABEL: Rough Trade (UK)
             Sanctuary Records (US)

RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2002


1.   Long Shot Novena
2.   See How I Need You
3.   Good Man
4.   Snake
5.   Wheels Going By
6.   White Dove's Awake
7.   Two In One
8.   Tom Waits Crooning
9.   For Marlene
10. Big Dog

All songs written by Eileen Rose

Production, engineering and Programming by The Troy Boys (Kris Dollimore and Iain Harvie)

Eileen Rose – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Iain Harvie: pedal steel , guitar, slide guitar, synth
Kris Dollimore: bass, guitar, synth, vocals
David Bull: guitar and vocals
Glen Matlock, Barry Payne, Seggs: bass
Mark Price: drums
Orlando Harrison – keyboards

Eileen's second full-length album, 'Long Shot Novena' was released in February 2002, through Rough Trade in the UK and Sanctuary in the US. It was recorded with Del Amitri's Ian Harvie and Kris Dollimore's in their studio in Rochester, Kent, between April and August 2001, while Eileen was living in the UK. Guest musicians include David Bull (Fledgling), Orlando Harrison (Alabama 3) and Del Amitri drummer Mark Price. Bass duties were shared by Seggs, who previously played in The Ruts, Kris Dollimore who was in The Godfathers, Barry Payne from Wreckless Eric’s band, and Sex Pistol Glen Matlock. "I seem to draw out the old punks!" Eileen commented at the time.

Time magazine rated “Good Man” as “something close to the perfect song” and Nick Hornby named it one of his favorites of the year in his book '31 Songs'.

A Novena is a Catholic prayer said on behalf of another person, which is repeated on nine consecutive days.