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Divided

Theoretical Girl Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B00292SQLM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Earlier in 2009, Mute-signed singer Polly Scattergood impressed with her singular brand of fuzzy alt-pop. Now similarly promising Essex-born songwriter Amy Turnnidge – aka Theoretical Girl – brings her debut to the table, and the results are just as sparkling.

As the titular adjective may suggest, Turnnidge has written an album devoted to personal relationship woes. These troubles may be partly or completely fictional, but all of them are characterised by an unflinching honesty.

Song titles offer a hint of what is to come: The Boy I Left Behind, A Future Apart and I Should Have Loved You More are just three examples of a healthy openness. It's easy to imagine Turnnidge's studio experience with producer Andy Chatterley being extremely cathartic.

Terrific opener Rivals is one of the album's highlights. Shuffling gossamer beats, maudlin strings and our Girl's comforting voice combine to create a striking Fleetwood Mac-flavoured dollop of chamber pop. There's a distinctly Celtic tinge to The Boy I Left Behind, and what sounds like true sadness in one key line: “Do I still think about you? I always will.”

Dancehall Deceit is a more menacing proposition. Melodica, Sparks-like guitars, synth weirdness and furtive, mischievous lyrics (“Don't trust her – she pays compliments to cover up her true intent”) combine to ensure the track adds a spiky depth to this inaugural collection.

There are occasional missteps. A Future Apart veers a little too close to tweeness (it’s almost in emetic Cranberries territory) and while single Red Mist is punk-edged and enthusiastic it’s also slightly banal – odd, given Turnnidge's evident ear for a tune.

Mostly the standard is closer to that of The Biggest Mistake: a golden, swirling moment of beatific pop wonder, it’s a quality single-track representation of its parent album. Imagine if Saint Etienne heard OMD's If You Leave and immediately cheered up, just enough to create a tune as good as they’d always threatened.

Sensitive and considered, the 11 tracks of Divided reward to varying degrees, but form a satisfying whole. There will doubtlessly be more fine work to come from Theoretical Girl, and now she's achieved on this small scale it will be intriguing to see if she can make the step to bigger, rather more epic songs. --Lou Thomas

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying! 8 Sep 2009
By ZQB
Format:Audio CD
An album where every track shares something different musically.

The superficial theme is of love/anger: lost, found, needed, expressed. But, the deliberate counter-point between the sweet voice of Theoretical Girl, instantly memorable and likeable melodies and the darker meaning behind the lyrics make this album multidimensional. It reminded me of records (I mean vinyl!) from years ago where you needed to listen many times to discover an album's depth; where there was more to enjoy and learn than an instant hit of a hook line; although it has those too.

I think that this is a great record and well worth having.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pop is back!! 3 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
2009 may well go down as the year that "pop" music made it's comeback.There is already quite a list of new female talent,here's anoher one and one who really understands pop.Back in the mid 90's a group called DUBSTAR released an album called "DISGRACEFUL".This is along the same sort of lines,they do sound similar aswell.All the songs are written by Theoretical girl who,in case you're wondering is british,and judging by this deserves to go a lot further.An impressive debut which should get some radio play,no new ground broken just a good pop album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut from a very talented artist 28 Sep 2013
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This is one of those albums that I bought and instantly fell in love with. The songs are all written and performed by Theoretical Girl (Amy) & were done with out huge amounts of money being given by a big record company. This album may not be big on budget, but it is certainly big on talent. Few artists ever manage to create an album as well-rounded as this & fewer still do so with their debut album! Whether or not any of the tracks are "stand out" tracks is a matter of personal taste, but there are no weak tracks or tracks that seem far stronger than others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Amy 16 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Theoretical Girl AKA Amy Turnnidge is a very talented woman and this album is a testament to her skill. It's full of songs about relationships, mostly encompassing love/loss/abandonment and longing. She has a very precise and clear voice and although she does tread a similar style throughout the album there is sufficient variation to keep it interesting. There's an electro/acoustic pop feel but with brass, woodwind and strings thrown in too. However, for me, the recorders on "a future apart" do sound too much like a school choir and spoil a good song! "Red mist" has an edgier side and "never good enough" is very maudling indeed but "the biggest mistake" is probably the best song the album has to offer, although "seeing you again" which has a lovely simple piano backing comes close. I think she could improve things by lacing her songs with a bit more outward passion but this is still a good performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most over-looked records of 2009 13 April 2010
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With classic English pop influences like The Sundays, The Carigans..and yet with more chamber pop inclinations. Truly inspired song writing.
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