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Red Handed

21 May 2007

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Label: Maniac Squat Records
  • Copyright: 2007 Copyright Control
  • Total Length: 39:32
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  • ASIN: B001HOUMN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,254 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1973 on 27 Jun 2007
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I'm so pleased I bought this - a song for almost any mood, an unusual voice and lots of quirky musical phrases, but perhaps most for the interaction with the other instruments - proper musicians, properly treated.
(I don't find the same as the reviewer below, ie that there is any problem with the words, as it happens.)

A quick word on each track:
1. Pleasant enough here, but much better live.
2. Now this I like - a brash, almost Madness-like song, the tough edge to the voice an antidote to girliness, and sassy with it. Be warned that they have too much taste to tart up the intonation and it's a bit low at times - not strictly, it just seems that way.
3. Lilting, with beautiful control of the pace. A song that breathes (like the closing one), sweet orchestration without the usual overload.
4. This is a straighter tune and I felt its potential wasn't realised, particularly in the drums. The keyboard bit has a feeling of space that I like, but the guitar solo is (to me) a strong change that wouldn't be necessary if the song were really fully explored. Nice outro.
5. This is a bit blue grassy (I think, could be wrong) and is one of my favourites. Superb performance with the musicians - esp the fiddle, but all really. Great approach to the rhythm.
6. A song that circles tightly on itself. I'd prefer a richer piano sound, but the strings are great again - so much, much better than on far more high profile records. Hmmm. (Note - I like this more and more, I think it's my favourite now.)
7. A mean song, with mesmeric simple sliding semitones that suit Gillian's harsher voice, edginess moving into huskiness. I wouldn't want a whole album of it but I dont' suppose she'd do one. Electric guitar much better placed here. I bet this one would be fun live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seawitch on 28 Feb 2008
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When I first heard Gillian Glover's solo track on her father's album Snapshot I wanted to hear more of her work, and was eager to buy when Red Handed was released. In her first album Gillian doesn't disappoint, and has produced a brilliant piece of work. Her talent as a songwriter, combined with her unique style of singing, creates a mixture of styles to suit all moods, and makes this album a joy to hear. Gillian's individuality and personality shine through, and she rises above her contemporaries.

Future readers of these reviews would be advised to disregard the comments by another reviewer - if this person is looking for clarity of enunciation or lack of accent in every piece of quality work they listen to, perhaps they would be better listening to instrumental music.
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I'm by no means in the technical position to be able to write an in depth revue. I can only say that I find this an extremely good debut album. Full of variety, some blues, a bit of raunchy.
As one of the other revuers commented, there is no shortage of female singer/songwriters, but I do feel this lady stands out head and shoulders above most of the rather stereotyped singer/somgwriters.
Of course she has an extremely talented father, and the connections to fall back on (I am a Purple fan), but she does deliver the goods off her own back so to speak.
I wish her well for the future. I hope she has good management which will guide her in the right direction. She deserves success!
I look forward to hearing her album many times over.
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Hand on heart this is one of my favourite albums. It has lived in my car on a compilation disc next to Counting Crows, Them Crooked Vultures and Govt Mule among others. Splitting the difference between alternative rock and solo piano works, Gillian Glover has create a fantastic album with heartfelt songs and smart arrangements. From the menacing groove of Serpentine to the bluesy riff of Holy Communion (actually a snarky tale of meeting an ex lover who’s latest relationship isn’t going all that well), the album is adept at genre hopping while retaining a cohesive feel. Hot Knives and Pipe Down Virginia exude palpable menace with aggressive electric guitar work, and while tracks like Made You Look and Clear Why Fight feel more jazzy and low key but still have a snap and energy that makes them infectious. Go and My Broken Skin strip everything back to piano and vocals for a tender an emotional end to the record.

The songs all bear repeated listening and it takes some time to tease out the layers of metaphor and meaning. Singing You to Sleep sounds like a lullaby at first but listen closer and you’ll realise that it’s a plea for someone to escape destructive relationship.

The singing is phenomenal and Gillian Glover can conjure up an aggressive rock tone or husky warmth for a ballad. I first heard her guesting on Roger Glover’s solo album Snapsnot (Yes that’s her dad!) singing the excellent Bargain Basement. (You can also hear her on his latest album if Life was Easy Singing Can't Let You Get Away.) I hesitated about buying this album, half expecting a samey collection of acoustic ballads. I’ve never been happier to be proved wrong. There is plenty for a rock fan to get their teeth into here.

If you enjoy this you should also check out her second album Still life with Music, a much more personal album full of folk and world music influences.
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