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Tracey Thorn


Fifth solo album from the Everything But The Girl singer featuring appearances from Bailey Rae and Shura

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A late-career triumph from a class act
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    She shows no signs of slowing down on Record; her voice and songs are as impressive and important as ever
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  3. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    On one of the defining albums of her 38-year career, the Everything But the Girl singer embraces her inner disco maven in pursuit of freedom from society’s ordained roles for women
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    It succeeds in finding a musical register for the careful kind of intimacy that Thorn conveys in her writing
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Older, wiser, better
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Finds the singer up against electronic backings, drilling down into complex emotions
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  7. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Tracey Thorn is a singular talent, and in a career that spans over four decades she’s achieved much. Record though has set a new benchmark. Long live the bedsit disco queen!
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A diary of female evolution. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Music

    Few artists could dispense lyrics about contraceptives and the desire to have babies or the pain of stalking an ex on social media so eloquently
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  10. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Over 35 years into her career, Tracey Thorn possesses a lyrical and melodic intuition that shines
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s all done with New Order/Pet Shop Boys-esque synths and beats. Dancing with tears in your eyes is still dancing
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  12. 7.1 |   Earbuddy

    Tracey Thorn's latest is introspective, timely, banging, and on point
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The highlight is "Guitar," reaching back to adolescence for a tale about a girl with a doomed crush on the rock boy who teaches her those first few chords
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Slightly pleased with itself, but record is definitely worth a spin. Print edition only

  15. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Is Tracey Thorn the coolest mom in the universe? On her first all-new album in eight years, she makes a strong, electropop-assisted case
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  16. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A view of teenaged, disco infected hormones through the prism of middle age
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  17. 6.0 |   Q

    A punchy, potent return from one of UK music's most distinctive voices. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Most impressive is the eight-minute Sister, which reinforces her description of the whole as “nine feminist bangers”
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  19. 6.0 |   The Independent

    At the album’s heart is a core of steel best summarised in the line, “I am my sister, and I fight like a girl”: not a weakness, but a warning
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  20. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Like Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Record plays with listeners’ knowledge of the singer’s personal life
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  21. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    There's the sense it could be so much more
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