Recorded Delivery

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  • Boswell:

    Review by Boswell for Recorded Delivery
    Thea’s first live album is magic. I thought that she had lost her way a little but after last years superb “Liejacker” and now this, it seems that she is now at the top of her game. I dont think her voice has ever sounded better, its pure gold. The splitting of the album into an acoustic set followed by an electric one works brilliantly. If there is a stand out track I’d go for “You And Frank Sinatra” an absolute corker written by partner Nigel Stonier (if you ever get the chance listen to a song he wrote and recorded years ago called “Expecting Rosalyn” – exceptional!) I believe Thea’s only doing one gig this summer and thats just up the road from her home. Lets hope this gives her the chance to re-charge her batteries and come up with another superb album. Meanwhile buy this, its an absolute cracker!!

  • Eric Ambleside:

    Review by Eric Ambleside for Recorded Delivery
    Most live albums pall pretty quickly, as they tend to highlight the deficiences of the live experience (poor sound, understandably looser performances) without capturing the excitement (volume, ‘being there’). This might just be an exception, as it captures some truly excellent Thea performances both in her now more standard acoustic duo format and in the sadly rarer full band layout. The song choice will keep her fans arguing for weeks, but what this selection does do is highlight her range of material, her fine lyrics, but most of all her wonderful, irrestible voice. Gilmore is a rarity for me, someone who seems to have a better vocal tone live than on record. I always come away from her shows wowed by the sheet quality of that voice, and thinking that there is something extra there that is never quite captured in the studio.

    Another outstanding and horribly underrated and overlooked artist. Tragic in the face of all of the third-rate tat out there that sells in such vast quantities.

  • Max Quad:

    Review by Max Quad for Recorded Delivery
    I’ve all Thea’s CDs, and I make the effort to see her at least once a year, usually taking with me someone who is unfamiliar with her work. I’ll admit, I usually shun live albums, but I just had to have this album.

    As Thea has grown into maturity with the pasing of time, her becoming a mother and her trips to America, her work has managed to retain the acidity of her earliest work. She has not sold-out unlike so many others. But, this is only worth buying if you want, like me, to have the whole complete canon. If you want live, then go see her. Magically Thea performs in tight, intimate venues (although some have been ruined by Carling) where you feel part of the action. Sadly, this album does not reflect that intimacy, even on ‘Icarus Wind’; my favourite.

    I’m looking forward to seeing her in the Autumn. You should too.

  • Eric Baker:

    Review by Eric Baker for Recorded Delivery
    We only first heard of Thea recently. By the time we listened on Spotify and decided we both really liked her music it was too late for her Dec 09 concert at Bush Hall in London. A pity, as we really like her voice, music and lyrics and on this live album she sounds very engaging. Anyway we bought this album as well as Harpo’s Ghost and Burning Dorothy (which we got as mp3 from amazon as the actual CD seems to be out of print and expensive second hand). Harpo’s Ghost is excellent, Burning Dorothy not bad but this album is our favourite. We like the first few acoustic tracks as well as the majority with fuller backing. Favourites include Old Soul, Rosie, Icarus Wind and Juliet but there aren’t any tracks we skip past and nearly all have interesting words. It’s hard to describe the genre, sort of folk-rock but there is plenty of variety. Her voice is very pure in a folky sort of way and we like the way it changes dramatically for the higher passages. So why not five stars? Only that the applause is not faded out and in, so the track gaps make it come and go too abruptly. They should have suppressed the gaps.

  • time I had some time alone:

    Review by time I had some time alone for Recorded Delivery
    When i was a teenager I used to love a good live album, however repetitive the singer’s ad-libbing became after a few listens. In recent years, might be me, but live albums have become too sanitised, just a retread of the original versions, and generally boring.

    I’m biased, but lovely Thea Gilmore has recreated some of the old feeling. It’s a given that a live album from probably the UK’s greatest singer-songwriter is full of great songs. The mix of familiar and unfamiliar material, the halves of acoustic and electric material, and a couple of brief explanations of the origins of songs make up the perfect live package.

    I would give this four and a half stars; I think a five star review is too much for a live album which contains, in the end, a lot of pre-existing material. It deserves to sell millions, of course, but almost certainly won’t; Thea should be a superstar, but probably never will be. More’s the pity.

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