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Insightful and intelligent as always
on 7 August 2004
I have been a fan of Thea's music since I saw her perform an acoustic set to open for Lucy Kaplansky in Sheffield at the end of 2000. Her style of songwriting and performing make her a refreshing change from the majority of modern work which treads the same tried and tested lowest common denominator approach.
Thea is without doubt one of the best singer-songwriters on the circuit today. She tackles authority, society and, more traditionally, relationships, in her well thought out and articulate lyrics.
Although I have found Thea's earlier albums superb, I wasn't sure what to expect from this collection, which comprises a cd of material recorded pretty much spontaneously, and a bonus cd of some unreleased or rare earlier material. However, I have been pleasantly surpised to find that thge standard set by her earlier studio albums has been continued.
The album isn't perfect. As might be expected with an album of this nature, some of the material is a bit raw, but at the same time there are some offerings available here that stand up with some of her best songs. From the folky story style of 'Water to sky', to the the more upbeat 'Heart string blues' and 'Tear it all down', and the great rendition of Dylan's 'I dreamed I saw St Augustine', this album showcases all aspects of Thea's music, which varies from the mellow to the more raucous, and across genres which make it hard to place Thea Gimore in any category without arbitariness. She is a one-off, and this is a good reason to have this album.