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Album Review

Does Beth Thornley want to be all things to all people? More likely she doesn't want to be stylistically pigeonholed, an easy abyss for singer/songwriters to stumble into, and so she's deliberately made My Glass Eye defiantly diverse. Almost every song on the set falls into a different genre, from the shimmering pop of the opening song, "Stand," to the down-home blues of the hidden final track, as Eye casts its gaze across musical fields and finds them all equally delectable. Be it aggressive punk rock or a rich piano and cello ballad, the jerky rhythms of alt-rock or even a melancholy tango tinged with echoes of Fun Boy Three's "Tunnel of Love," Thornley feels at home, while her vocals are as eclectic in style as the songs themselves. But far from the album being a chaotic kaleidoscope of sounds, multi-instrumentalist Rob Cairns' extraordinary production gives this eclectic set a surprising coherence. Even the most kick-ass number, "Mr. Lovely," creates open space for Thornley to control, while on quieter songs, the atmospheres seems to pool around her. It's obvious the arrangements were built around Thornley, each carefully crafted into the perfect backdrop for the singer and her lyrics. And those lyrics are equally instrumental in melding the set together, with their sharp-eyed and skewered views of life and relationships. Filled with clever twists, Thornley turns words, phrases, and even marketing slogans inside out and their meanings upside down, jolting listeners time and time again. Her lyrics offer much to savor, but there's a distinct tartness to them that beautifully offsets the sweet (but never sugary) edge of her voice. All in all, Eye is a musical feast wrapped around a meaty lyrical meal, a succulent banquet to behold.

Customer Reviews

One word-Amazing!

This album rocks! I love every single track. I especially love the cover of Eleanor Rigby. If you are a Beth Thornley fan you are going to be thrilled with this new album. If you're not a fan yet you will be. This woman has an amazing voice and she really mixes up her styles to give you a little of everything. Buy this album!

To: I Dare ato Disagree


Beth- You are Rockin' Good On this Album!

Listeners- this is how I rate this album 1. Stand- It's Okay, nothing really pulls me to it 2. My Mom and I are in the car singing "BEAUTIFUL LIE, BEAUTIFUL LIE, YEAH!" We're getting close to Beth! 3. Mr Lovely- Not very impressive. I think this was a waste to put on the album. 4. Awsome! it was supposed to be on a show, but wasn't put on. Opposite of regular stories where the boy goes crazy instead of the girl. Pretty sweet, YO! 5. Once was way to much and... this song rocks! 6. Double Wide-Good beat, bad lyrics. 7.Home By Now-Catchy Lyrics 8. Got the Time- WHY??? 9. Bound- Ok, I guess 10. My Glass Eye-I think it was a mistake to name the album after this. Kinda confusing. 11.Birmingham-Is this true? 12. Done- Haven't really enjoyed it 13. Eleanor Rigby-She made the beatles look bad with this one! You rock beth! Say hi to your cats for me!


Born: Birmingham, AL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Beth Thornley combines classic sounds of '70s pop/rock with the earnestness of Aimee Mann and Beth Orton for her own playful kind of sweetness. The Alabama-born Thornley, who earned a classical music degree, landed in Los Angeles in the late '90s with her sights set on making her rock & roll dreams come true. In between various music jobs, Thornley recorded her first album, a self-titled effort that was issued on her own Stiff Hips imprint in 2002. "I Will Lie" was chosen as a rock...
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