Rules for Jokers

Rules for Jokers

by Thea Gilmore


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Rules for Jokers

Singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore is an ambitious lass on her third album, Rules for Jokers. She boldly moves beyond the rock edges of The Lipstick Conspiracies for a confident, folk-rock appeal and it works magnificently. Acoustic guitars are ablaze throughout, giving Rules for Jokers a tough stance without much aggression. Lyrically, Gilmore is a complete artist. Her depictions of deception, sex, religion, and politics are richly textured in balladry. The daring and lustful "This Girl Is Taking Bets" dances around rockabilly/country jigs while "St. Luke's Summer" creeps along with Gilmore's hollowed vocals. "Benzedrine" is Rules for Jokers' shiny pop song; cellos and chimes accent crashing percussion for a dazzling look into self-perception. For a woman who's barely out of her teens, Gilmore sings with a weathered conviction, and it's mind-blowing. Rules for Jokers reflects upon trials and tribulations one may face, but without vengeance and bitterness. Gilmore sharply shapes it into something tangible without relying on massive production to heighten the album's overall punch.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/2002
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397434322
catalogNumber: 974343
Rank: 167644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thea Gilmore   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Kalimba,Cimbalom,Mbira
David Coulter   Accordion,Didjeridu,Saw,Jaw Harp,Tenor Banjo
Steve Menzies   Vocals
Sarah Jane Morris   Vocals
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Ewan Davies   Organ,Percussion,Vocals,finger cymbals
Wil Bartle   Vocals
Ian Thomas   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Stephen Darrel Smith   Engineer
Ewan Davies   Engineer,Contributor
Wil Bartle   Engineer
Nigel Stonier   Producer
David Burnham   Engineer
Tom Sheehan   Cover Photo
Ian Thomas   Sound Effects

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