Record (Tracey Thorn album)

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Record
Tracey Thorn Record.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 March 2018 (2018-03-02)
GenreSynth-pop
Length35:45
LabelMerge
ProducerEwan Pearson
Tracey Thorn chronology
Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982–2015
(2015)
Record
(2018)

Record is the fifth solo studio album by English singer and songwriter Tracey Thorn. It was recorded by Thorn with producer Ewan Pearson and a number of backing musicians, including singers Shura and Corinne Bailey Rae, drummer Stella Mozgawa, bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg, and guitarist Jono Ma. The album released by Merge Records on 2 March 2018 to mostly positive reviews from critics.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.3/10[2]
Metacritic76/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Independent3/5 stars[6]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[7]
The Observer4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork8.0/10[9]
Q3/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Vice (Expert Witness)A−[12]

Writing for Pitchfork, music journalist Laura Snapes described Record as "one of the defining albums of [Thorn's] 38-year career",[9] while Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield said "Thorn's Synth-Pop 'Record' Delivers Sisterly Passion, Wry Wisdom".[11] Robert Christgau wrote in his review for Vice: "Calm, deliberate, undemonstrative, Thorn is a singer some find magical and others prosaic. I've always tended other, but when a 55-year-old wife and mother claims she's recorded 'nine feminist bangers,' I pay attention. And these definitely work up some fairy dust. The beats evoke without mimicking the subtle electro-dance of Thorn and her beatmaking husband Ben Watt's 20th-century band, Everything but the Girl, and in her undemonstrative way, she sequences the catchiest tracks last ['Face' and 'Dance']".[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tracey Thorn.

No.TitleLength
1."Queen"4:17
2."Air" (featuring Shura)3:03
3."Guitar"2:33
4."Smoke"4:11
5."Sister" (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)8:32
6."Go"4:01
7."Babies"2:34
8."Face"3:41
9."Dancefloor"2:57

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 100
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[14] 50
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 100
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 15
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Record by Tracey Thorn Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Record by Tracey Thorn reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Record – Tracey Thorn". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ McCormick, Neil (23 February 2018). "Tracey Thorn's fifth solo album is fuelled by frank, female insights – review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (2 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record review – funny, graceful songs of female power". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (8 March 2018). "Album reviews: Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar, Jonathan Wilson – Rare Birds, David Byrne – American Utopia, and more". The Independent. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (2 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record review – Everything but the Girl singer, older, wiser, better". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ Empire, Kitty (4 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record review – grownup feminist bangers". The Observer. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b Snapes, Laura (5 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  10. ^ Yates, Matt (April 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record". Q. No. 383. p. 115.
  11. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (1 March 2018). "Review: Tracey Thorn's Synth-Pop 'Record' Delivers Sisterly Passion, Wry Wisdom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  12. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (13 April 2018). "Robert Christgau on Tracey Thorn's "Feminist Bangers"". Vice. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tracey Thorn – Record" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Tracey Thorn – Record". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tracey Thorn – Record". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Tracey Thorn Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Tracey Thorn Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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