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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.
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on 8 February 2004
I heartily agree with ed mcneil (hope I got that right!). For me, this is where Thea's music began to fall into place for me. I'd already had Rules for Jokers, and liked it, but when I followed it up with this, the contrast suddenly brought everything into focus. Written and recorded in about a day, this has an incredible, ragged energy about it that infuses each song with an urgency and sense of fun. The bonus disc provides an interesting overview as to her development as a songwriter, as well. Buy this. If you value intelligent and heartfelt music that rocks, if you're tired of yesterday's sounds being recycled in the name of cheap irony, BUY THIS. NOW!
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on 9 May 2003
If this was your first introduction to Thea Gilmore's music, then, I think you will be dissapointed. Make sure you listen to 'Burning Dorothy,''The Lipstick Conspiracies,' and 'Rules for Jokers' first. These are all excellent albums and deserve a five star rating. Thea's song writing abilities, which cover a broad range of topics, is not in question, it's just that the songs on this album just don't seem to gel together for some reason.
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on 1 August 2007
This is an album that is supposedly a bunch of spare songs, originally only available from the merch stall at concerts. And there isn't a single duff song on it.
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on 20 April 2015
Enjoyed listening to this album. Very talented artist, each of her albums I have bought are different, and makes interesting listening, kept my ears alert !
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on 23 August 2012
This lady has a pleasant and very competent voice but nothing that makes it stand out like, say, Joan Baez or early Michelle Shocked. The tunes to a capable enough, but have a sort of generic folk - rock sound. One to watch, though.
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