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  • Audio CD (8 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naim
  • ASIN: B00004T2IC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Generation Y?
2. The Resurrection Men
3. See If They Applaud
4. Forgotten
5. Exit Route
6. My Own Private Riot
7. Edge Of My Seat
8. Bulletin Britain
9. Night Driving
10. Lidocaine Baby
11. Land Of The Free
12. My Beautiful Defence

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Gilmore sings in a distinctly Los Angeles accent about consistently British concerns--a combination of her upbringing in Oxford and a somewhat oppressive infatuation with such American angst peddlers as Sarah McLachlan and Shelby Lynne. While The Lipstick Conspiracies, her second album, isn't exactly bad, it never quite transcends its influences. Gilmore's songs are built to a standard country-rock template, occasionally decorated with distorted effects, and her confident voice lends adequate service to her words. Unfortunately, these lyrics, while impressively wordy--it also seems safe to assume that her record collection contains a good few dog-eared Elvis Costello albums--tend toward either the trite or the opaque. --Andrew Mueller

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In a world seduced with songwriting-by-numbers, Thea Gilmore has a hell of a lot to get off her chest. Like Dylan and Costello before her, she never wastes a single lyric, packing every corner of each song with dense imagery, vicious diatribes and haunting reveries. The Lipstick Conspiracies is intoxicating spiky, jagged folk-rock with the intensity and scorching power to throw you across the room and pin you against the wall.
The album swaggers open with Generation Y?, with Thea spitting in the face of consumerism with perfect aim. Catchier than a playground cold, it is a song of Olympian greatness. Barreling along on a razor-sharp guitar riff, Thea kicks awake a dumbed-down society drugged by media desensorization: “And the bigwigs down on Fleet Street are cashing in on this parade/selling hotdogs by disaster zone, counting every dollar made.”
It is a theme she returns to on the stunning Bulletin Britain, where racial murder is met with public indifference on an in-car radio talk show: “If we just all close our eyes, maybe we’ll all be absolved/Don’t talk to us about blame/Don’t talk at all, there, problem solved.” The music in turn rages and sighs, underlining the emotional turmoil as articulately as her damning world view. Thea is a songwriting dismayed by her generation's apathy and raging against corporate-controlled conformity.
Of course, Thea doesn’t do love songs. At least, not ones of the usual fluffy goo. On Edge Of My Seat, for example, Thea taunts a sleazy nightclub letch, amid a chugging Stones-ish riff and Nigel Stonier's weaving acoustic guitar solo. The emotional centerpiece of the album, though, is See If They Applaud, a song of devastating intensity and naked fragility. This is the wreckage of a love-affair laid bare.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T.J. Slaughter on 19 July 2001
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The Lipstick Conspiracies is a regular spin on my CD player, Thea Gilmore has managed to capture many underlying themes in her direct, sometimes bawdy lyrics. However she is upfront, writes and sings truthfully - will she make it to the top? I hope so. Listen to "Generation Y" for a good rockin' experience and sample her delicate vocals on "See if they applaud". I would love to hear some of the tracks in an "unplugged" format. Another album is due soon after she finishes tiling a bathroom and a 6 track EP "As if" is available now. Go and listen - you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 2000
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This album is great! its full of meaty subjects and she's a girl who's not afraid to take on big, important issues. I feel that she could be the start of a new wave of songwriters who are up for trying to change things, which our insipid music scene has been lacking for a long time...so discover it quick, before everyone else cottons on!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia M. Pattison-Levi on 1 July 2000
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This is the second release from Gilmore. Her first album "Burning Dorothy" was a remarkable debut and this new album takes up where the last album ended. Her musical ability to play with genres and her lyrical ability shades other singer songwriters. She has to be the best song writer in the UK. Her lyrics display emotion, intelligence and an understanding of the world as it really is - warts and all. It's not a pretty picture out there and Gilmore highlights and salvages life with her strong sense of humour. The stand out cuts are 'See If They Applaud', 'The Resurrection Men', and 'Edge Of My Seat' - so far. I took a punt and bought "Burning Dorothy" on the strength of a Mojo review and there was not a weak track on that album. I have a strong feeling that there is not a weak track on this new album either. All this and tunes too - for the girl can play. Highly recommended!
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