Tracey Thorn

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Merge

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Produced by Ewan Pearson, Tracey Thorn's first album of new original material in seven years is largely mid-tempo synth-pop. Opening track "Queen" is very good, though while the nature of the song is one of an anthem, the production and delivery are restrained. Not that this doesn't work, but there's the sense it could be so much more. "Air" features lovely backing vocals from Shura, and the epic eight minutes plus breathy minor key "Sister" sees Warpaint's rhythm section and Corinne Bailey Rae guesting. "Guitar" is a perfect little pop song about teenage love and pop dreams, conveying in its two-minutes-thirty-four-seconds all the magic one can conjure using only those two ingredients.

Things slow down a little for the lovely church organ and flanged percussion of "Go," which deals with the inevitability of a child leaving home, but could just as easily be sung from lover to parting lover. Speaking of children, the most blippy uptempo number on the album is the ode to choosing when you want to reproduce, "Babies." "Face" treads similar territory to "Go," a love story in the digital age which contains the most emotive vocals and music on the album. Record is solid, without a bad song on it, though with that said, aside from "Queen," "Guitar," and "Go," not much really stands out. (www.traceythorn.com)

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