Beth Thornley
Record Collection
Street: 04.08
Beth Thornley = Aimee Mann + Anna Nalick
This is the type of music you hear playing over sappy moments in an ABC Family rerun of Gilmore Girls, and I mean that with full respect. There is a place in the world for pleasant, slightly cheesy songwriting. It’ll sucker- punch you in the heart when you least expect it, and that’s powerful. Thornley writes clean songs, simple and to the point with pop-ballad lyrics. “Last To Fall” is structured around gentle piano and says, plaintively, “You’re the one who got away,” while “All These Things” offers a more forceful sense of her past. The four tracks that make up Septagon may be made-for-TV, but they’re still bona fide. –Kia McGinnis