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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2003
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397437125
catalogNumber: 974371
Rank: 111342

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thea Gilmore   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Voices,Xylophone,Melodica,Saw
Paul Beavis   Percussion,Drums
Robbie McIntosh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,national steel guitar
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Ewan Davies   Music Box
Ewan Davis   Music Box
David Munch Moore   Hammond Organ
Mike Cave   Cymbals,Drums
Jo Wadeson   Bass
Freyja Gilmore   Background Vocals
Nigel Stonier   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Gut String Guitar,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Dave Hull Denholm   Background Vocals
Nigel   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dillon Gallagher   Programming
Ewan Davies   Engineer
Thea Gilmore   Composer
Mike Cave   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nigel Stonier   Composer,Programming,Producer
Nigel   Programming

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