Submitted by retropath2 on 15 February 2013 - 8:23am
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Umm, don't quite know what to say. Yes, it's good, in fact it's very good. Indeed, and this is the rub, it is probably the best version yet of these songs that he has done. Most fit a standard Thompson template and will recall others. Overall it has the feel of Hand of Kindness era, clearly no bad thing, with possibly a better production, totally justifying Buddy Millers sympathetic ambience. Given the promo shove, what with breakfast time TV appearances, it could make an ideal entry for those new to him, should that actually ever happen, and maybe that's the point. I suspect (and hope) it will be a grower. The possible stand out is "Another Small Thing in Her Favour", another ballad to slot in alongside Beeswing and Vincent Black Lightning. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out live. (O, and it isn't all that Electric, should any old lags be fretting. And didn't hear much Folk-Funk as he's calling it.) Hell, guys, it's a bloody good record, just a but I can't quite catch.
What does it all *mean*?:
Sales? Accolades? Re-reading I feel a little guilty, damning this undoubtedly well crafted LP with such guardedness. Given he hasn't ever quite managed to issue an entire record without at least 1 clunker, could this be that one?
Goes well with …:
Probably with all the sort of stuff a good and devout moslem might espouse: I shall have a few beers before Symphony Hall next week, to arouse sufficient sense of maudlin joy to appreciate the overall texture.
Might suit people who like …:
Richard Thompson, clearly, but maybe more for those yet to dip into his catalogue. Jeez, all his die-hards will buy it anyway and regardless. He remains pretty unique, being his only influence and only copyist.