The Lipstick Conspiracies

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  • Anonymous:

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    In a world seduced with songwriting-by-numbers, Thea Gilmore has a hell of a lot to get off her chest. Like Dylan and Costello before her, she never wastes a single lyric, packing every corner of each song with dense imagery, vicious diatribes and haunting reveries. The Lipstick Conspiracies is intoxicating spiky, jagged folk-rock with the intensity and scorching power to throw you across the room and pin you against the wall.
    The album swaggers open with Generation Y?, with Thea spitting in the face of consumerism with perfect aim. Catchier than a playground cold, it is a song of Olympian greatness. Barreling along on a razor-sharp guitar riff, Thea kicks awake a dumbed-down society drugged by media desensorization: “And the bigwigs down on Fleet Street are cashing in on this parade/selling hotdogs by disaster zone, counting every dollar made.”
    It is a theme she returns to on the stunning Bulletin Britain, where racial murder is met with public indifference on an in-car radio talk show: “If we just all close our eyes, maybe we’ll all be absolved/Don’t talk to us about blame/Don’t talk at all, there, problem solved.” The music in turn rages and sighs, underlining the emotional turmoil as articulately as her damning world view. Thea is a songwriting dismayed by her generation’s apathy and raging against corporate-controlled conformity.
    Of course, Thea doesn’t do love songs. At least, not ones of the usual fluffy goo. On Edge Of My Seat, for example, Thea taunts a sleazy nightclub letch, amid a chugging Stones-ish riff and Nigel Stonier’s weaving acoustic guitar solo. The emotional centerpiece of the album, though, is See If They Applaud, a song of devastating intensity and naked fragility. This is the wreckage of a love-affair laid bare. The juxtaposition of anger and vunerability is perfectly captured by an acoustic guitar, a calimba and a voice from the heavens: poison and sweetness side-by-side.
    The Lipstick Conspiracies closes with two acoustic, folkish gems. Land Of The Free is an articulate, haunting ballad to American hypocracy, which now seems even more relevant in the wake of recent events in The Gulf. And then Thea’s closest approximation to a lovesong, My Beautiful Defence, is left to finally steal the show with a brittle fragility.
    The word “brilliant” gets banded about in these sort of reviews like “new and improved” does in shampoo ads. But Lipstick Conspiracies really is brilliant. And frighteningly so. Hell hath no fury, indeed, like Thea Gilmore.

  • T.J. Slaughter:

    Review by T.J. Slaughter for The Lipstick Conspiracies
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    The Lipstick Conspiracies is a regular spin on my CD player, Thea Gilmore has managed to capture many underlying themes in her direct, sometimes bawdy lyrics. However she is upfront, writes and sings truthfully – will she make it to the top? I hope so. Listen to “Generation Y” for a good rockin’ experience and sample her delicate vocals on “See if they applaud”. I would love to hear some of the tracks in an “unplugged” format. Another album is due soon after she finishes tiling a bathroom and a 6 track EP “As if” is available now. Go and listen – you won’t be disappointed.

  • Anonymous:

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    This album is great! its full of meaty subjects and she’s a girl who’s not afraid to take on big, important issues. I feel that she could be the start of a new wave of songwriters who are up for trying to change things, which our insipid music scene has been lacking for a long time…so discover it quick, before everyone else cottons on!!!

  • Anonymous:

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    Suberb album by a great singer and guiter player. Best tracks are “The ressurection men” and “My own private riot” Great variaty of music absolutely brillant everyone should own a copy

  • cjp112@york.ac.uk:

    Review by cjp112@york.ac.uk for The Lipstick Conspiracies
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    Thea absolutly rocks. Her lyrics are anything but cliche and deal with varied contempoary themes from racism to post-feminism. The is set to absolutly amasing guitar and vocals in a unique style. Maybe I’m too young to know how old hat it is, but I love it!

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