Thea Gilmore - Regardless

The new album by Thea Gilmore, Regardless. PA Photo/Handout.

The new album by Thea Gilmore, Regardless. PA Photo/Handout.

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Since releasing her debut Burning Dorothy back in 1998, Oxford songstress Thea Gilmore has released a further dozen albums - all excellent - and her latest, Regardless, contains arguably her strongest set of songs yet.

Now 33, it’s easy to see why Gilmore has been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell but in truth, she sounds more like Aimee Mann, and that’s a compliment.

Regardless opens with the uplifting Something To Sing About, with second track This Is How You Find The Way also having a winning way with a hook and melody.

Love and its travails are recurring themes and explored to particularly winning effect on Love Came Looking For Me and Start As We Mean To Go On. Gilmore is a true musical treasure and this album is stunningly good.