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Thea Gilmore releases Harpo's Ghost

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

“The Most Provocative Songwriter To Emerge From England In Years” (USA Today),

Hailed as “The best British singer-songwriter of the last 10 years – and then some” by British music magazine UNCUT and called “So good, she’s scary” by MOJO, Thea Gilmore returns after a 2 ½ year break with a riveting new album, Harpo’s Ghost, due in stores August 29th via Sanctuary Records. The CD already has the seal of approval from influential Los Angeles radio station KCRW, who began playing “The Gambler” off the album early this summer. It won’t be long before stateside audiences agree that “Gilmore is already in a league of her own” (Q Magazine).

USA Today named her “the most provocative songwriter to emerge from England in years,” praising her biting missives on life in the 21st century that remarkably remain caustic and beautiful at the same time. Topics veering from love, sex, death, globalization, corporate and celebrity culture, politics and wars (both personal and global) are delivered by Gilmore’s fists dressed in kid gloves, earning her the description ‘hellraiser with a voice like honey.’ Standouts include “Red White and Black,” written after touring with Joan Baez, ruminates over war and patriotism, “Everybody’s Numb” leaves no one safe from Gilmore’s arrows and Contessa drowns in melancholy.

Produced by Nigel Stonier and mixed by Steve Evans (fresh from his acclaimed work on Robert Plant’s Mighty Re-Arranger album), the record also features a guest appearance on backing vocals (on three tracks) from longstanding friend and acclaimed singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams, as well as two Mike Scott co-writes.
posted by Shelia, 2:44 PM


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