Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - LAURA BAR­TON

GONERS CITY SLANG, OUT 26 OC­TO­BER Singer-song­writer con­tin­ues to de­liver tales of grief and loss.

On her fifth al­bum, Laura Gib­son’s re­flec­tions on grief are part charm and part changeling. The pleas­ing twist of her voice and the lus­tre of her mu­sic car­ry­ing a set of dark and fa­bled tales – of be­ing born “a wolf in woman’s clothes”, meta­mor­pho­sis and skies split­ting open above. It’s as if these songs oc­cupy an en­chanted space of loss in which the nor­mal world shifts and loses sense. For all its dour sub­ject mat­ter, Goners is not a droopy record. The ti­tle track, for in­stance, is pro­pelled by warm surges of brass and strings with put­ter­ing drum­beats, while Per­form­ers is some­where be­tween for­lorn and qui­etly rap­tur­ous, and Thomas un­spools with a ten­der, harp-led sor­row. It’s a qui­etly be­witch­ing LP, sto­ried and sub­tle and sweet.

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