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EN. Lucie Thorne. Black Across the Field. 2009

EN. Lucie Thorne. Black Across the Field. 2009 (RO) Artista m-a rugat să traduc Reportajul despre concertul ei în limba engleză. Nu am timp pentru asta acuma. Astfel, ca să compensez problema, am scris această recenzie în engleză. Iarăşi, aceeaşi problemă, nu am timp să o traduc în limba română.

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Lucie Thorne

Black Across the Field

!!!!!

2009, Smoked Recordings

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With song titles like When the Lights Come Down, Under the Night, Before the Cold and Open Sky, leitmotifs for this work, among others, would be "the Night" and "mistrusted Love affairs".

You can't just listen to this album while you cook an omelet.

This is the kind of album that ripens with age. Sadly, not too many such works are out there, just to grab a listen to, anymore.

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Metaphorically, Alice reminds me of an older song I used to love, Luka, by Susanne Vega. Let's hope time won't cast a shade over this Australian gems' dark light in the same way it did with the 90's American artist....

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When the Lights Go Down and Northern Town are perhaps highly introspective pieces to this great jigsaw of a concept album bent on taking the toll on agoraphobic souls, and many talented wannabes could empathise with the verses strung out here, as the artist hides in the shadows of doubt, hoping that maybe someday the spotlight may shine through the window and beam her next to an open mike on-stage with her personal (unnamed) idol or maybe take her back into her high school puppy-love's arms again.

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The dense air fills all the spaces in your room from the first to the last note, once you turn the speakers on, like a blinding fog rolling through an empty bed... you want to ask a lot of questions but no one can hear you and that is basically because you cannot utter a word while the album is playing in your head.

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Lucie Thorne seems to be untouchable through lifestyle, verse and song but she also seems to have had her share of broken cupid arrows shot her way ... If music is her poison, then this album could be considered a Hercules mirror-shield.

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A very different artistic approach to this album makes the last song a stand-out track through the fact that the first and second to last songs make a full circle of the album theme. The last track sounds like a stripped-down Lucie holding a lonesome guitar and crying to the open sky for ... more open-mindedness in the 21st century.

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Maybe it's one of those acquired taste songs I just have to listen to just one more time, but my opinion is that The Basic Rules doesn't belong in this collection of songs ... then maybe it's just that toungue-in-cheek title that makes this piece fit in perfectly.

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Magic Moments

  • As You Find It. The end of the first stanza. Repeating "Up against the cold" sends shivers up my spine.
  • Alice. The changing of vocal pitch on the line "oh light OF mine" as though she is trying to light our way through the shadows of the thoughts found in this song.
  • The presence of English onomatopeia at its best in Under the Night as Lucie Thorn calls into an abyss like a female Lou Reed: "It churns with the chop and whir of the fan"
  • Perhaps some sense of sub-tropical Australia can be understood by non-Aussies listening to the words from Please Don't Let's Begin, which is actually a splendid love song not to be understood by your average AOR radio listener.
  • Before the Cold is not the kind of poetic song you would expect from this 30 year old girl.

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  • Play it loud: Over in Threes

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Lucie Thorne is not an artist to overlook or underestimate.

We may hear of her in the undertow of great things to come from the alternative scene.

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By: RiCo

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www.luciethorne.com

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Also read the CZB Interview

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Here are photos from her Gig in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (13.NOV.2010)

www.czb.ro/articol/928

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