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Album Review

The mesmerizing debut outing of 24-year-old Rosie Thomas tempers folk, country, and alternative rock via sparse arrangements built upon simple acoustic guitar and piano motifs. Like Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Paula Cole, Thomas paints vivid pictures with her storytelling prose, especially on "Wedding Day" and "Lorriane," which bemoan the loss of love with an optimistic twist. Documenting the disconsolate pain of separation on "Farewell," Thomas' cracking falsetto punctuates each phrase and whisper until a snippet of childhood soundbites from the artist draws the dirge to a satisfactory conclusion. Her compelling application of legato harmonies on cello to embellish the descending chord progressions of "Run" and "Bicycle Tricycle" displays Thomas' intimate, haunting, and melodic songcraft at its strongest. A fine start for a promising career.

Customer Reviews


Oh. my. gosh. The first time I listened to this song I cried. That's it. Just cried. It's completley beautiful, and deserves a lot more credit than these two reviews. I've told all my friends about this amazing song, and they all agree with me that it describes those hurtful moments in life perfectly. When you feel like you're all alone, just listening to this song makes you feel...well, not better, but peaceful. You know the feeling. Sometimes when you're sad, you need to listen to a sad song to get over it. Cry it out to feel better- this is the only song needed, I swear. If you don't even look at the rest of the CD, at least buy Farewell.

subtly powerful, heartfelt and strong

a lovely jewel elegantly wrapped in a simple paper sack. for anyone who's ever been in love, had their heart broken and wants to know it won't always be that way. play it again and again...


I think Rosie Thomas is just one of the greatest artists ever...Her voice is just so hauntingly beautiful and really gets under your skin, especially in this album. I literally had chills go down my spine listening to "Farewell" and "Charlotte"...Buy the whole album if you don't want to, I strongly recommend "Farewell", "Charlotte", "Bicycle Tricylcle" and "Wedding Day".


Born: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Rosie Thomas has been shaping her sweet, delicate song stylings since her early childhood, but she made a name for herself when she joined Motor City dream pop band Velour 100. Thomas sang and toured with the band during the late '90s before jumping ship for a solo career. Mixing up the folk-pop of Joni Mitchell with indie sensibilities, Thomas found herself surrounded by a new scene. She and Damien Jurado dueted on "Wages of Sin" for Sub-Pop's 2001 compilation Badlands: A Tribute...
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