Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
was the second album from Bronx-born singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, whose debut, More Than A New Discovery
, yielded several tunes that became hits for other artists. Eli
was no different, with "Sweet Blindness
" and "Stoned Soul Picnic
" hitting big for The 5th Dimension, and "Eli's Coming
" peaking at #10 via Three Dog Night. Nyro obviously knew how to write a hit song, but her resistance to smooth out her complex melodies, shifting tempos, and unusual chord changes for pop appeal kept her own renditions off the charts.