Record (Tracey Thorn album)

Record is the fifth solo studio album by English singer and songwriter Tracey Thorn. It was recorded by Thorn with producer Ewan Pearson and a number of backing musicians, including singers Shura and Corinne Bailey Rae, drummer Stella Mozgawa, bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg, and guitarist Jono Ma. The album released by Merge Records on 2 March 2018 to mostly positive reviews from critics.[1]

Tracey Thorn Record.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 March 2018 (2018-03-02)
ProducerEwan Pearson
Tracey Thorn chronology
Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982–2015

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Daily Telegraph     [4]
The Guardian     [5]
The Independent     [6]
The Irish Times     [7]
The Observer     [8]
Q     [10]
Rolling Stone     [11]
Vice (Expert Witness)A−[12]

Writing for Pitchfork, music journalist Laura Snapes described Record as "one of the defining albums of [Thorn's] 38-year career",[9] while Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield said "Thorn's Synth-Pop 'Record' Delivers Sisterly Passion, Wry Wisdom".[11] Robert Christgau wrote in his review for Vice: "Calm, deliberate, undemonstrative, Thorn is a singer some find magical and others prosaic. I've always tended other, but when a 55-year-old wife and mother claims she's recorded 'nine feminist bangers,' I pay attention. And these definitely work up some fairy dust. The beats evoke without mimicking the subtle electro-dance of Thorn and her beatmaking husband Ben Watt's 20th-century band, Everything but the Girl, and in her undemonstrative way, she sequences the catchiest tracks last ['Face' and 'Dancefloor']".[12]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Tracey Thorn.

2."Air" (featuring Shura)3:03
5."Sister" (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)8:32
Japanese edition bonus track
10."Sister (Andrew Weatherall Remix)"9:36


Chart Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 100
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[14] 50
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 100
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 15
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 11


  1. ^ a b "Record by Tracey Thorn Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Record by Tracey Thorn reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Record – Tracey Thorn". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ McCormick, Neil (23 February 2018). "Tracey Thorn's fifth solo album is fuelled by frank, female insights – review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (2 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record review – funny, graceful songs of female power". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ Gill, Andy (8 March 2018). "Album reviews: Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar, Jonathan Wilson – Rare Birds, David Byrne – American Utopia, and more". The Independent. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (2 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record review – Everything but the Girl singer, older, wiser, better". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ Empire, Kitty (4 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record review – grownup feminist bangers". The Observer. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b Snapes, Laura (5 March 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record". Pitchfork. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  10. ^ Yates, Matt (April 2018). "Tracey Thorn: Record". Q. No. 383. p. 115.
  11. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (1 March 2018). "Review: Tracey Thorn's Synth-Pop 'Record' Delivers Sisterly Passion, Wry Wisdom". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  12. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (13 April 2018). "Robert Christgau on Tracey Thorn's "Feminist Bangers"". Vice. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  13. ^ " – Tracey Thorn – Record" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  14. ^ " – Tracey Thorn – Record". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  15. ^ " – Tracey Thorn – Record". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Tracey Thorn Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Tracey Thorn Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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