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Avalanche [Thea Gilmore]


  • 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. Cracks, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4371

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Cave; Nigel Stonier
    EngineerMike Cave; Ewan Davies

    Personnel: Thea Gilmore (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, melodica, piano, xylophone, musical saw); Thea Gilmore (guitar); Nigel (guitar, keyboards, programming); Nigel Stonier (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, gut-string guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Dillon Gallagher (programming); Ewan Davis, Ewan Davies (music box); Dave Hull Denholm, Freyja Gilmore (background vocals); Robbie McIntosh (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, National guitar, background vocals); Oliver Kraus (cello); Mike Cave (drums, cymbals, programming); Paul Beavis (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Mike Cave; Ewan Davies; Nigel Stonier.
    Recording information: Forge, Shropshire; Loft, Liverpool; Shrophire; The Chapel, Lincs; The Forge; The Loft, Liverpool.
    Photographers: Thea Gilmore; Tom Sheehan; Colin Dick.
    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

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (10/03, p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Here, she finds a real musical home for her acerbic tongue....'Avalanche' is all lo-fi beats, growling electronic undercurrents and creepy whispers..."
    Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7) - Ranked #59 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003" - "[Y]ou can here her growing in stature with every record she makes."
    Mojo (Publisher) (08/03, p.93) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...It's an album unexpectedly full of hummable tunes, feel-good beats, lively arrangements, smiley bits and even the odd glimmer of tenderness..."
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