Merchants & Thieves

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
On the receiving end of a rather cynical backlash following the far-from-surprising rumors that her rags-to-riches method of earning a record contract could have actually been a rather clever PR fairytale, Scottish singer/songwriter Sandi Thom has become something of an outcast since her debut single "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker" and parent album Smile...It Confuses People both reached number one back in 2006. Without the publicity generated by her now infamous basement webcast backstory, Thom's sophomore album, The Pink and the Lily, sold barely a fraction of its predecessor, while an ill-advised duet with Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond at a recent political ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
On the receiving end of a rather cynical backlash following the far-from-surprising rumors that her rags-to-riches method of earning a record contract could have actually been a rather clever PR fairytale, Scottish singer/songwriter Sandi Thom has become something of an outcast since her debut single "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker" and parent album Smile...It Confuses People both reached number one back in 2006. Without the publicity generated by her now infamous basement webcast backstory, Thom's sophomore album, The Pink and the Lily, sold barely a fraction of its predecessor, while an ill-advised duet with Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond at a recent political event hasn't exactly done wonders for her credibility. Having parted company with Sony, who Thom claimed were forcing her to change lyrics and pursue an unwanted pop direction, her third album, Merchants & Thieves, is her ideal chance to prove to her many detractors that there's more to her than her early attention-grabbing stunt. Released through her own label, Guardian Angels, its 11 tracks make it abundantly clear that she's used her newfound freedom to completely reinvent her sound. Gone are the rather contrived hippie-folk leanings and pretentious titles like "When Horsepower Meant What It Said" of her previous chart-friendly output, and in their place is a self-assured and unexpectedly authentic take on American country-blues which positions her as a younger, Scottish alternative to Bonnie Raitt. Full of Ennio Morricone-style twanging guitars, opening track "Maggie McCall" is a shuffling Wild West-influenced number which could have been lifted from a Quentin Tarantino film, the boogie vibes of "Runaway Train" echo the kind of blistering gospel-rock that Ike & Tina Turner innovated in the '60s, while "This Ol' World" is a convincing, traditional, rootsy stomper featuring guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa. Occasionally, Merchants & Thieves tries a bit too hard to convince us of her newfound blues credentials. The title track is an aimless instrumental which only serves to showcase her admittedly impressive skills as a guitarist, while the two-part harmonies of the a cappella "Ghost Town" lack any sort of melody to maintain interest over three minutes. But on the likes of the Southern soul-influenced "Let It Stay," the KT Tunstall-esque "Heart of Stone," and the Nashville ballad "The Sadness," Thom's powerful vocals and heartbreaking lyrics, inspired by her split with fiancé and album co-writer Jake Field, show why her turbulent record label dealings could have been a blessing in disguise. Merchants & Thieves sounds like the record that perhaps Thom wanted to make all along, and even though its gritty bluesy sound is unlikely to reverse her chart fortunes, you get the feeling that she doesn't care either way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • Label: Guardian Angels
  • EAN: 5060156657027
  • Catalog Number: 0001
  • Sales rank: 76,069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Maggie McCall (3:49)
  2. 2 Runaway Train (4:26)
  3. 3 Gold Dust (3:50)
  4. 4 Let It Stay (4:39)
  5. 5 Merchants And Thieves (3:41)
  6. 6 Show No Concern (3:33)
  7. 7 This Ol' World (3:17)
  8. 8 The Sadness (3:48)
  9. 9 Heart Of Stone (3:48)
  10. 10 Ghost Town (2:42)
  11. 11 Belly Of The Blues (5:31)
  12. 12 This Ol' World (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sandi Thom Primary Artist
Joe Bonamassa Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Smith Piano, Guest Appearance
Jake Field Harmonica, Keyboards
Craig Connet Percussion, Drums
Scott Wiber Bass
Steve Smith Organ, Guest Appearance
The Horn Stars Horn
Randall Breneman Background Vocals
Lindsay Cleary Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Bonamassa Producer
Sandi Thom Composer, Producer
Jake Field Composer
Gez Walton Engineer
Marcus Bonfanti Composer
Craig Connet Composer
Scott Wiber Composer
Steve Smith Engineer
Anthony Kronfle Engineer
Randall Breneman Composer
J.J. Field Producer
Gordon Straszheim Engineer
Lindsay Cleary Composer
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