Avalanche (Thea Gilmore album)

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Studio album by Thea Gilmore
Released 9 September 2003
Recorded The Forge, Oswestry; The Loft, Liverpool; Chapel Studios, South Thoresby, Lincs
Genre Rock, folk
Length 46:46
Label Hungry Dog
Producer Nigel Stonier
Thea Gilmore chronology
Songs from the Gutter
Harpo's Ghost
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Mojo 4/5 stars[citation needed]
We are in the midst of a truly exceptional English singer/songwriter
The Guardian 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Thea Gilmore's punk folk takes its lead from Bob Dylan. She belies her Tender years with an assertive lyricism which rings true and tellingly
The Mirror 4/5 stars[citation needed]
There is no home grown talent to compare with this sweet voiced, sharp Edged 21 year old from Oxford
The Independent 4/5 stars[citation needed]
The only alarming thing about Thea Gilmore is just how good she is
The Times (not rated)
Bold, Uplifting, Anthemic, her best album to date[citation needed]
Time Out 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Haunting beauty, aching mood and elegant craft
Uncut (not rated)
The best female singer songwriter of the last ten years and then some[citation needed]
Q 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Britain has spawned very few world class singer songwriters, Gilmore is in a league of her own

Avalanche is the fifth album released by English singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore. It was released on 9 September 2003 to general high praise.

It reached #62 in the UK Albums Chart, which is, as of September 2006, the highest position any of her albums have attained.

Avalanche was Thea Gilmore’s fifth album in as many years, following just months after the originally internet-only album Songs From The Gutter. Rags And Bones the opening track is led by an insistent acoustic guitar and is full of evocative lyrics (“they are racking up the weapons of blood and piss and guilt…”). Have You Heard reminds us that things are not always what they seem, with political allusions littered throughout the song.

A chart hit, inspired by a chance meeting with a girl who spilled out her life story within a few minutes, Juliet (Keep That In Mind) is a big sing-along, radio-friendly song, with the sting of the lyrics hidden in a great melody. Mainstream is a driving acoustic rocker indicting the state of the music industry with a rollicking dobro solo, and Heads Will Roll is a bluesy stomp, with a hefty dose of wit and cynicism.

Gilmore sounds equally at home on the slower songs, ballads such as Pirate Moon, and God Knows and the dark love song Razor Valentine, complete with vinyl crackle, which wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the contemporary surreal TV drama Twin Peaks.

Surrounded by her usual band of musicians, including ex-Pretender Robbie McIntosh and long-time producer and guitarist Nigel Stonier, the music is augmented by odd percussive loops and other effects, which actually contribute to the atmosphere of the songs rather than swamp them. With a consistently high standard of songwriting beyond Gilmore’s 23 years, it’s an accomplished album, showing that she’s more than just another girl with a guitar. Avalanche reaffirms Gilmore’s uniqueness and independence as an artist.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Thea Gilmore, except where noted.

  1. "Rags and Bones" – 3:38
  2. "Have You Heard" – 3:26
  3. "Juliet (Keep That in Mind)" – 3:52
  4. "Avalanche" – 4:21
  5. "Mainstream" (Gilmore, Nigel Stonier) – 3:12
  6. "Pirate Moon" – 4:20
  7. "Apparition #13" – 3:27
  8. "Razor Valentine" – 3:46
  9. "God Knows" – 3:49
  10. "Heads Will Roll" – 2:33
  11. "Eight Months" – 5:33
  12. "The Cracks" – 4:49



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