Lauren Thomson Reviews
06 Feb 2008 // A review by Shade
"True story: I received this five-song EP before Christmas, played it a bit then put on the "get to" pile -which meant it was ignored in the Christmas shuffle. The other day I pulled it out to enjoy again and post this week when an e-mail arrived from this Auckland singer-songwriter asking (politely) if I might be interested in writing about it. You could say that was cosmic coincidence, serendipity or whatever -- or more appropriately perhaps in Thomson's case, that it was evidence God exists."
"Not that she needs that: Thomson is a Christian of some persuasion -- but I would hope that wouldn't deter anyone because she here delivers a showcase selection of firmly alt.country singer-songwriter styles and her slightly detached delivery (more studied weariness than any failing) is quite compelling."
"Here the title track ballad could have easily come from any recent and decent Americana album and the country flavours from the small band add another rootsy dimension. When the pace lifts on the brooding Autumn Rain the band really come into their own."
"Thomson has opened frequently for Miriam Clancy (whom Elsewhere tipped you off to long before any other media) and so we are saying here too is someone to watch."
"This EP (with only scant religious references) hints at a deep talent waiting to emerge. Can't wait for an album if the songs are as consistently as strong and well realised as these."
- Graham Reid - Elsewhere (www.elsewhere.co.nz
"Who would have thought that fluro would become cool again? And who would've thought that country, or alt-country (or whatever you want to call it), could become hip and actually sound so amazing! I don't say this lightly, but Lauren Thomson is the kiwi find of the year. Her voice is stunning and at the same time blatantly honest. She is one of very few to master the art of melancholy, while stirring the listener to hope through the infusion of elegant harmonies, wonderfully poetic lyrics and a flowing country lilt. Be sure to catch her at Parachute."
- Soul Purpose Magazine, Kyle T
About Lauren Thomson
‘Singer/songwriter’ - now there’s a phrase to make the hardiest music fan run for the hills.
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Most people think half-baked songs, acoustic guitars and dingy cafés whenever those words are uttered, but attach that worn tag to American icons such as EmmyLou Harris, Gillian Welch, Sufjan Stevens and even angst-ridden songster Ryan Adams and you get a clearer picture of where the genius of Lauren Thomson fits in.
A standout on Auckland’s live circuit and a much celebrated addition at festivals like Parachute, Noise and indie weekend stands like Barnstock (yep, you read write… Barnstock), Lauren has become a much sought after opener and touring partner for the likes of Miriam Clancy, Brian Platt, and others. Leaving a trail of sighing punters behind her from Whangarei to Wanaka, this girl has forged a well-respected path for her songs that’s only equaled by her passion to pour out her heart night after night on stages large and small.