It's evident that Gilmore enjoys a good rapport with an appreciative audience.
Sid Smith 2009
The near-universal acclamation of last year's Liejacker ensures that there’ll be an intense spotlight on Thea Gilmore’s follow-up whenever that may come. Perhaps a glimpse of what's to come can in the found in the plaintive loneliness of new track You And Frank Sinatra - one of two new pieces included on this set.
In the meantime, the first live album of her career necessarily represents something of a holding pattern, touching upon most aspects of her back catalogue, providing a point at which to summarise and take stock.
In one or two instances renditions of tracks such as Old Soul and The Lower Road are improvements upon their studio counterparts, despite the absence of guest vocalists Zuton's Dave McCabe and folk legend Joan Baez respectively.
Have You Heard from 2003's Avalanche, whilst clearly owing a structural debt to Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows is an undoubted highpoint, as is My Own Private Riot, containing Jim Kirkpatrick's wonderfully contrarian guitar breaks.
It's evident that Gilmore enjoys a good rapport with an appreciative audience. Yet, whilst the backing on the rockabilly roustabout of the vintage This Girl Is Taking Bets pushes and strains at the bit, Gilmore seems as glacially calm as she does on the stately ballad, Icarus Wind.
It's a method of delivery that suggests either a curious detachment or a vice-like grip that could do with loosening up a touch.