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Harpo's Ghost

Thea Gilmore Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000H0M524
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Gambler
2. Every Body's Numb
3. Red White And Black
4. Call Me Your Darling
5. We Built A Monster
6. The List
7. Going Down
8. Whistle And Steam
9. Cheap Tricks
10. Contessa
11. Slow Journey II

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising talent 11 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Gorgeous voice, sweet and honeyed yet smoky. Constantly intelligent and barbed lyrics. Warm and engaging songs. Clear and precise production. What's not to love here? Maybe for some earlier fans her edges have been smoothed off a little too much here. Some arrangements, and indeed songs, remind me of the late lamented (by me at least) Del Amitri and their sardonic songwriter Justin Currie.

The only song which has so far passed by without scoring a deep place in my heart is Whistle And Steam. Otherwise, it's a wonderful work by an exceptionally talented artist.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thea Plays Something That We Need To Hear 5 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Well, I don't know how she does it.

Thea Gilmore started out releasing masterpieces, and since then each successive album just gets better and better. Her reviewers have already exhausted most of the superlatives, but basically Thea is the most commanding, compelling and downright phenomenal songwriter of her generation. And then some. In years to come, this album should be remembered as making all other current singer-songwriters look like the scared kittens they are...hiding behind their psudo-indie posturing crapola, or clinging to their limp faux "no-honestly-I-am-a-folk-singer" marketing, while all the noise they're making sounds just like the rest.

From the churning, goading opening "The Gambler", this album finds Thea at the peak of her incredible powers, spinning-off potent songs like sparks from a Catherine wheel. She moves from "Everybody's Numb"'s laceration of the modern music industry, to the snarling juggernaut of "We Built A Monster, to the harrowing starkness of the drug-addled lovers in "The List", with total mastery and assurance.

Harpo's Ghost is a kaleidoscope of musical styles and roller-coaster emotions; "Red White And Black" is a haunting lullaby spine-tingling modern folk-song lamenting vanishing patriotism; the exhilarating "Call Me Your Darling" is all swirling Hammond and Dylanesque harmonica; "Whistle & Steams" rolls and sighs over a shuffling groove; personal demons are put to rest in "Contessa", a song reminiscent of vintage U2 balladry, with one of Thea's gorgeous melody that is special even by her standards; and finally to the ethereal "Slow Journey", with its angelic backing vocals winding away like smoke through the night sky...

...And then the players all troupe back again for the rousing encoure that is the hidden track, as they pick up their plywood again and learn to sing the blues.

As I say, I don't know how she does it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harpo's Ghost 29 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Another masterpiece, the worry is that yet again it will be too good to achieve the commercial success that Thea deserves. That this a Thea Gilmore album is evident from the start, it is however somewhat different to Avalance, but then that was from 3 years previously. It certainly does not, on first hearing have as many potentially catchy songs which might be needed for mass appeal. It does however gets better and better with every play.

Reviews seem to have concentrated on Cheap Tricks and Everybodys Numb as being the stand out tracks possibly because they have a fuller sound and fine tracks they are, although We Built a Monster which is a pure rock track and probably least typically Thea is probably the most interesting track.

All in all a fine album and a must for anyone who has appreciated Thea's music to date
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Thea's world 4 Jun 2013
By Oops
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I did not know much of Thea, apart from various great reviews, and took a punt on this. It's a great album that means I will be wisely investing in her other ones. A great songwriter and very rare for an album to keep my attention all of the way through, but after 5 repeat listens on the first day, I cannot fault it. Class act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As You'd Expect 16 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The opening two tracks are rather up tempo, over produced and have too much synthesized sound. Apart from that, this CD meets the quality that I'd come to expect from Thea. Catchy tunes, great musicianship and thoughtful lyrics.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 7 Oct 2011
By oldhasbeen VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For me this is the weakest of the Thea Gilmore albums I've heard. There are only two tracks I really like - "Contessa" and "Red White & Blue" - most of the rest, to me, are forgettable. Repeated listening didn't help.

The album lacks the anger & bite of her earlier work, but she rediscovered these on the far superior "Liejacker"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harpo's Ghost by Thea Gilmore
This is an at times haunting, elegaic and moving album. Gilmore has a fine ear for lyrics and has a depth to her writing which sticks in the head.
Published on 26 Feb 2010 by Mr. S. P. Gibbons
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not the full Thea
Fans had high hopes for "Harpo's Ghost": the live previews of the songs sounded brilliant and it was with her biggest label yet, building on the slow-burning success of... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2009 by Adam K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely lacking
Never thought i would say it but Thea has lost her edge with this album. It tends to grind awkwardly along rather than flow. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2007 by Algae-none
3.0 out of 5 stars Has been better
A slightly disappointing release. The production tends overwhelm rather than support the songs and the album overall has a rather down beat feel to it. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2006 by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather slow going to start with
The tempo of this album seemed, on balance, quite a bit slower than Thea's previous albums. Sure, there are some tracks, starting with 'The List', that reach the snappiness of... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2006 by Twasme
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first bite from "Harpo's Ghost": 'Everybody's Numb'
It's great to hear that Thea Gilmore has a new album being released. The single 'Everybody's Numb' has been available online and it is an excellent song with all of Thea's... Read more
Published on 24 July 2006 by Cecilia M. Pattison-Levi
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