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Tracey Thorn | Record
Merge/Unmade Road/Caroline International
According to Quentin Harrison: “A definite contender for best album of 2018, Record possesses a coy sense of extroverted might, but it doesn't undercut Thorn's familiar reserved nature either. Record blends bold dance-pop colors into a compelling aural cocktail. There are anthemic synth-pop entries (‘Queen,’ ‘Guitar’), electro-funk jams (‘Air,’ ‘Dancefloor’) and much, much more.
These musical guises are not foreign to Thorn or those who have been tracking her creative career through the decades. Driving the songs is Thorn's voice, a vital ingredient that hasn't dulled, its warmth and character as divine as ever. Outside of Thorn's own instrument, producer and colleague Ewan Pearson handles the job of building up each song around Thorn's voice and lyrics. Needless to say, he exceeds any and all expectations.
In a time when true art is becoming scarcer and scarcer, Tracey Thorn is an undiminished force to be reckoned with on Record, from start to finish.”