Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Beth Thornley’s second album offers smart and hummable pop with clever lyrics. Opener “Stand” is bright-eyed and snappy in a Juliana Hatfield way.
“Mr Lovely” is rockier and sees Thornley equally at home with such fare.
“Once” sounds bizarrely like a French chanson at first, then develops into poppier stuff. Thornley plays the accordion and sinsg accusing words ever so sweetly.
Joe Jackson’s “Got the Time” gets a cool reading while “Eleanor Rigby” at the end feels less essential.
The bluesy “Birmingham” has a faint resemblance to Bonnie Raitt even if the singer’s very much her own woman.
This is a very accomplished album.
Posted on August 20, 2006
Listen to track samples
2. Beautiful Lie
3. Mr. Lovely
4. You’re Right Where
7. Home By Now
8. Got The Time
10. My Glass Eye
13. Eleanor Rigby