Pop & Miscellaneous The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/6462.html Tue, 28 Jun 2022 22:28:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Thea Gilmore - Avalanche (2003) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/6462-thea-gilmore/24721-thea-gilmore-avalanche-2003.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/6462-thea-gilmore/24721-thea-gilmore-avalanche-2003.html Thea Gilmore - Avalanche (2003)

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1 	Rags And Bones 	
2 	Have You Heard 	
3 	Juliet (Keep That In Mind) 	
4 	Avalanche 	
5 	Mainstream 	
6 	Pirate Moon 	
7 	Apparition #13 	
8 	Razor Valentine 	
9 	God Knows 	
10 	Heads Will Roll 	
11 	Eight Months 	
12 	The Cracks

Thea Gilmore - Composer, Guitars, Melodica, Musical Saw, Piano, Vocals, Voices, Xylophone
Paul Beavis - Drums, Percussion
Mike Cave - Cymbals, Drums
Dave Hull Denholm - Vocals (Background)
Freyja Gilmore - 	Vocals (Background)
Oliver Kraus - Cello
Robbie McIntosh - Guitars, National Steel Guitar, Vocals (Background)
David Munch Moore - Organ (Hammond)
Nigel - Guitar, Keyboards
Nigel Stonier - Bass, Composer, Fender Rhodes, Guitars, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Vocals (Background), Wurlitzer
Jo Wadeson - Bass 


With her deep burnished voice somewhere between Alison Moyet, Sandy Denny, Annie Lennox and Beth Orton, British thrush Gilmore moves a bit closer to the mainstream on her fifth album. Producer Nigel Stonier (who also plays guitar throughout) buffs up the sound but keeps Gilmore's folk-pop intact. The songs are some of her best with "Juliet (Keep that in Mind)" and the Dire Straits flavored "Mainstream" just a few standouts on an album that keeps getting better the more you hear it. Just the hint of loops on a few tracks, in particular the opening "Rags and Bones," also adds to the atmosphere without noticeably polishing up the sound. The lovely "God Knows" is spiritually based but even with its anthemic chorus never sounds preachy. And "Pirate Moon" is the perfect combination of haunting vocals with poignant lyrics. Gilmore never oversings, and even though continually in the spotlight, she exudes a graceful subtlety that other folk-rockers would do well to follow. There are hints of Highway 61 era Dylan in the jaunty "Heads Will Roll" but this is thoughtful, extremely well written, immaculately produced and exquisitely sung contemporary folk with a slight rock edge that never seems pretentious. Although it missed the Lilith train by a few years, it's the album that should put her over the top in America. ---Hal Horowitz, AllMusic Review

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Thea Gilmore ‎– Regardless (2013) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/6462-thea-gilmore/24619-thea-gilmore--regardless-2013.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/6462-thea-gilmore/24619-thea-gilmore--regardless-2013.html Thea Gilmore ‎– Regardless (2013)

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1 	Something To Sing About 	3:07
2 	This Is How You Find The Way 	3:43
3 	Regardless 	3:43
4 	Spit And Shine 	3:46
5 	I Will Not Disappoint You 	4:01
6 	Start As You Mean To Go On 	3:35
7 	Punctuation 	5:26
8 	Love Came Looking For Me 	3:30
9 	This Road 	4:01
10 	Let It Be Known 	4:44
11 	My Friend Goodbye 	3:49

Paul Beavis 	Drums, Percussion
Che Beresford 	Drums
Tracey Browne 	Percussion, Vocals
Steve Butler 	Vocals
Dale Culliford 	Cello
Thea Gilmore 	Composer, Primary Artist, String Arrangements, Vocals
James Hallawell 	Organ (Hammond)
Liz Hanks 	Cello
Nikolai Torp Larsen 	Keyboards
Dan Logan 	Percussion
Alan Lowles 	Accordion, Bass (Upright)
Robbie McIntosh 	Guitar
Susannah Simmons 	Violin
Sarah Brandwood Spencer 	Violin
Alex Stemp 	Violin
Nigel Stonier 	Bass, Bass Harmonica, Composer, Cuatro, Guitar, Keyboards, Ukulele, Vocals (Background)
Simon Turner 	Cello 
Pete Whitfield 	Violin 


Poor old Thea Gilmore. She's been described as "the most coherent, literate and charged British singer-songwriter of her generation" by Mojo magazine, and is championed by famous faces from Bruce Springsteen to Martha Wainwright. But she's never quite managed to navigate that tricky jump from next big thing to the thing itself. It's a shame, because live she's a musician of searing talent.

The 33-year old's new album, Regardless, offers a different mood to her earlier work; lush and orchestral, with a particular emphasis on strings. Her band at the intimate Queen Elizabeth Hall numbered no less than 10, and it was to Gilmore's credit that her voice was carried, rather than buried, by the vast array of instruments surrounding it.

And what a voice she has. Liquid and rich, it jumped seamlessly across styles, albums and decades - from the Depression-era cover Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? to what she jokingly referred to as her "power pop anthem," the impassioned Start As We Mean to Go On. One of the highlights of the evening was when she cleared the stage to stand illuminated in a single shaft of white light, and sang The Amazing Floating Man: a haunting treatment of the financial crisis which didn't make the cut of her latest album, but was a perfect showcase for her vocals. The only number which struck a dud note was new song Spit and Shine - a sarcastic dig at middle-class globetrotters which, in comparison to the honest, raw feel of most of her performance, felt over-egged.

Gilmore's early albums were marked by intelligent, often biting lyrics, and a sense of sadness and wisdom that belied her years. Her new material hasn't completely lost that old potency, but is tempered with a rousing, light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel optimism - "I laughed at the starry-eyed /the cynics called me over-qualified/it all went wrong when you came along" as she sang gutsily on Love Came Looking for Me - that was infectious. The predominantly middle-aged audience was a little on the sedate side when it came to responding: at one point, the leather-jacket clad singer peered out with mock-concern to joke "Are you okay?" But her listeners clearly loved her, and she had a quietly confident rapport with them throughout.

Gilmore has always been proud of her independent status. She writes on her website of turning down various major labels, and it's no surprise she chose to include old favourite Mainstream ("Are you going to swim the mainstream? Or are you going to make that lightning?") on the setlist. Although her new music feels a touch more commercial, the answer to her question is still probably no: she won't be joining the mainstream any time soon. But she might not be making such excellent music if she was. ---Leah Hyslop, telegraph.co.uk

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluelover) Thea Gilmore Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:12:30 +0000