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Electric

Richard ThompsonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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No artist to emerge in the second half of the ’60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than Richard Thompson. The England-born, L.A.-based artist has amassed an astounding body of work comprising more than 40 albums, containing artfully shaped material that seamlessly and expressively integrates traditional and contemporary modes. And Thompson is among the most ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Thompson Store

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00AJLHUV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stony Ground
2. Salford Sunday
3. Sally B
4. Stuck On The Treadmill
5. My Enemy
6. Good Things Happen To Bad People
7. Where's Home?
8. Another Small Thing In Her Favour
9. Straight And Narrow
10. The Snow Goose
11. Saving The Good Stuff For You

Editorial Reviews

Guitar and folk music legend Richard Thompson has a brand new studio album, Electric, produced by Buddy Miller. Thompson, named one of Rolling Stone Magazine s 20 Greatest Guitarists, brings a record full of gifted songwriting and virtuosic guitar playing. Electric was made at Buddy Miller s home studio in Nashville, TN. The record features Alison Krauss on the song The Snow Leopard.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Richard Thompson's latest album is another solid work from the master craftsman. His body of music, the tree of Thompson, grows ever more impressive with time. RT is deeply rooted in English and Celtic music, that is one of the secrets of his creative longevity. Going back to Fairport Convention, his music has never been trendy or completely of its time. It is a never-ending stream of variations on old themes, including love, compassion, jealousy, lust, stupidity, vanity, greed, exploitation, and violence, and draws on the rich vein of song forms as well.

ELECTRIC, produced by Buddy Miller, is an excellent *album.* That is one of the levels of Thompson's craft -- he is a master singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and he also knows how to construct an album, a craft that may be dying with the rise of MP3s but one that will continue to be valued by those of us who grew up in the glory days of Albums. Every song does not have to be equally powerful on a well-constructed album, but every song has to contribute something to the overall mood and flow. That is certainly the case with ELECTRIC. While there is not a song here that I am inclined to play over and over like "I'll Never Give It Up" from Sweet Warrior (2007) or "Haul Me Up," "Demons In Her Dancing Shoes," "Big Sun Falling In the River" and "Sidney Wells" from Dream Attic (2010), there is not a single song I am inclined to skip.

ELECTRIC opens with the rough-and-ready Celtic stomp of "Stony Ground," a cautionary tale about Old Man Morris whose lust lands him in the gutter "dripping with blood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real King Richard May 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Do yourself a favor and buy the 2 disk set.No filler here every track is a winner.This man is a treasure and it is a crime that he is not recognized by the masses.Shut off your damned preprogrammed radio stations and treat yourself to some real music.You won't regret it.I went into his back catalog and purchased 11 of his past releases.What a talent .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album since Mock Tudor February 8, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This album is a real breakthrough, it has something for everbody from a rocking vibe (Stuck on The Treadmill) to the lyrical (Salford Sunday) to the -rare- RT love song (Saving the Good Stuff for You). The vibe of the recording is partially attributable to the Buddy Miller production (it was recorded at Buddy Miller's house). Allison Krause on backup vocals, terrific musicianship, this one has it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charged! November 10, 2013
By ds
Format:Audio CD
Having followed Thompson's career since being a teen in the late '70s, I've always found it difficult to rate his albums. I've generally enjoyed his output thru the years but have rarely been blown away by anything. That said, he does have a discography overflowing with one solid record after another. My favs are still his earliest (Human Fly, Hokey Pokey & Bright Lights). Was pleased to learn of his association with Buddy Miller, another artist of whom I've followed since his earlier years (Mark Heard, The Electrics). It seems as though Miller's production imprint does not possess a specific trademark, rather he evaluates each artist's strengths and weaknesses and steers them towards their strengths. And in Thompson's case that means writing extremely literate, melodic songs while injecting those searing guitar solos that we've come to expext. And ELECTRIC gets off to a strong start; 'Stoney Ground' is an uptempo track employing those tried and true Thompson songwriting ingredients while 'Salford Sunday' does the same from a slower, acoustic perspective. "Sally B' (wow, what a guitar solo!) and my favorite 'Treadmill' (I'm on one of those treadmills) with it's funky beat and off-kilter guitar line accompanied by Thompson's scathing lyric continue this album in fine fashion. Unfortunately nearly every thompson record has a song or two that I find myself skipping over due to tedious and repetitive refrains, melodies, etc: In the case of ELECTRIC two such songs, 'My Enemy' and 'Where's Home' fit that bill. Those are the only two blemishes on this record. 'Another Small Thing' is classic, heart-wrenching Thompson and along with the caustic 'Straight and Narrow' right this ship in a hurry. Appropriately, he closes this fine album on a more reflective and folksy manner 'Saving the Good Stuff' reminding us of his multifaceted songwring acumen. Oh, and for a singer in his mid sixties his voice sounds as good as it did 30 years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Richard Thompson remains a great gift to music because he expands the story telling art of songwriting. The characters , the viewpoints, the subjects he covers in his songs have widened what we all have come to expect from a song. And Mr. Thompson has always done this in a very musical way; pleasantly tweaking our ears with harmonies and tonalities we may not expect to hear from guitar based music.
The 'Electric' album continues this tradition as well as the tradition of some scorching and gritty guitar solos that pour out raw emotion. This electric solos on this album are some of his best; both musically and sonically.
The down side for me is that the songs on 'Electric' are too dark for too long and the lyrics rhyme too much in the service of being clever. The net effect is that I did not care whether I heard the songs again. I will continue to buy Richard Thompson albums out of loyalty to his past work and to seek out memorable and engaging songs in the future. I may not play the "Electric' album often.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Thompson = Guitar God
Mr Thompson never disappoints-with fantastic guitar, powerful songwriting and a killer band, he's done it again. Buy this album today!!
Published 7 months ago by Constant Reader/Watcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Heard him at Americanarama
Heard Richard Thompson for the first time at the Americanarama concert starring Bob Dylan. Liked his style and voice. Very happy with CD
Published 7 months ago by Luan K. Railsback
5.0 out of 5 stars Good things happen to bad people
One of the best records of the year! RT hits it out of park with his style of music. The trio is tight and I like it like that!
Published 8 months ago by BigBish
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but electrifying live!
Just recently I saw Richard Thompson live in concert for the first time (more on that later). I'm a casual fan of him, at best, so ahead of the show I had been listening to this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Allaer
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard always a winning CD!
Richard Thompson's fans will be satisfied! As usual, tracks both comic and serious in its subject matter. the man still has a way with lyrics.
Published 9 months ago by Nelson Amey
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice job bearded one
RT is an artist. This is typical of his crafted works. Three or four songs will grab you right away. The second cut reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Freeheel
4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar master ... and darn good songwriter
Once again Richard Thompson shows why he is one of the better, and more consistent, artists making music nowadays. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded expectations
Richard Thompson has always been a consummate guitarist, talented technically and a wonderful musician. Read more
Published 10 months ago by elguero
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Thompson
His music is timeless going all the way back to his Fairport Convention days. Now even more so, especially in this age of disposable, fluff pop-stars.
Published 10 months ago by T & A
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON ALWAYS HAS WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR
I've loved Richard Thompson's voice for decades. Saw him on TV a while back. He still has it. I looked him up on Amazon and of course, I should have known his new album would be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eulenna A. Doll
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