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Rumor & Sigh

Richard ThompsonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRC3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars and 1/2 Stars...His Best Album of the Nineties May 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Looking back over Thompson's Nineties output, it is clear that this 1991 effort was the best of the lot. Rumor and Sigh's batch of songs mines familiar themes of broken hearts and failed love. Sometimes Thompson approaches these topics with humor as in "Read About Love." Sample lyric: "I do everything I'm supposed to do/If something's wrong, then it must be you/I know the ways of a woman/I've read about love." But usually his lyrics reflect a more realistic look at the darker side of relationships, as in "I Misunderstood" ("I thought she was saying 'good luck'/She was saying 'goodbye'"), or the melancholy "Why Must I Plead" ("All your bitterness and lies sting like tears in my eyes/And a thousand lovesick tunes won't wash away the wounds from my mind").
Thompson, however, is not terminally morose. He turns in an upbeat performance on the accordian and fiddle number "Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shines." And while lyrically "Mother Knows Best" is the stuff of nightmares, Thompson's piercing guitar keeps things moving along at a rollicking pace. And "Psycho Street"--which may not warrant many repeated listenings--exhibits Thompson's gallows humor.
The centerpiece of this collection though has to be the stunning solo acoustic guitar performance of "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Almost ten years later I still get goosebumps when Thompson sings the final verse. [This song alone is worth owning this album. I still can't understand why it got left off his 3-CD career retrospective "Watching the Dark."]
Thompson is quite simply the English-speaking world's best-kept secret. He is an amazing songwriter, an unbelievable guitarist and a strong vocalist.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensational May 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If my house were burning, before I would rescue family photographs, the deeds to the house and our motor vehicles, precious jewelry, birth certificates, family heirlooms, my grandmother's Bible, or my manuscript in progress, I would rescue my Richard Thompson music collection. The second recording I would grab would be RUMOUR AND SIGH (after I grabbed SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS). Richard Thompson is the music lyrics equivalent to Geoffrey Chaucer. Like Chaucer, who creates a group of vividly individualized tale telling pilgrims making their way to Canterbury, Richard Thompson creates vividly individualized characters who tell their tales through Thompson's songs. They are complex characters: a vengeful young man just released from jail, a geek devoted to the accordian recordings of Jimmy Shands, a felon with a tender heart in love with a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning and a red-headed girl, and a forlorn man whose lover turned out casual, not serious, etc. Thompson, like Chaucer, is by turns whimsical, satirical, ironic, enthusiastic, tender, cruel, angry, surreal, and always fresh and deeply intelligent. But I've saved the best for last: Richard Thompson is a guitar messiah. Whether electric or acoustic, few guitarist can match Thompson's versatility and virtuosity. If you enjoy traditional British folk, sizzling speed metal, polkas, reels, atmospheric expressionism, Chuck Berry styled rock and roll, and sundry other styles of popular and progressive music, Richard Thompson is king.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Thompson's best 90's albums August 9, 2003
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Since the 5.1 DTS/Dolby Digital version of album review has been lumped in with the CD review (because of amazon's system being unable to distinguish between two versions of the same title), I'm going to address both separately. The CD is first. RT was especially prolific during the 90's. He rocked in the decade with the 1988 release "Amensia" and moved on to produce a substanial body of work during this period. "Rumor and Sigh" is the best album (outside of "Mock Tudor) that he produced during the decade. From the opening song the acerbic "Read About Love" to the character study "I Feel So Good" (an almost hit)the heartbreaking "I Misunderstood" there's hardly a misstep here. Yes, there can be 5 star albums that have flaws (I can't think of a 5 star album without them whether they be something a fan nitpicks or not)but the overall quality and power of the best material here makes up for even the lesser material.

I Misunderstood and I Feel So Good promised to finally break through to a larger audience with their clever MTV videos. Read About Love is probably one of the most stunning but less subtle songs on the album. It could easily have been written about the Internet and it's #2 usage--looking for Porn.

1952 Vincent Black Lightning is the type of song that Thompson has always excelled at; it's got a tight narrative, great melody and a tragic folk inspired ending. The only song that doesn't quite work for me is the epic closer Psycho Street. Yes, it captures the type of world we live in today but it's a bit obvious and a bit ordinary and predictable (particularly for a Thompson song). The best song for me is the often overlooked Keep Your Distance (in addition to You Dream Too Much).

The production by Mitchell Froom has often been criticized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good music
Published 9 days ago by UhClem
5.0 out of 5 stars This is classic Thompson at his best. Very pleased
I am a long time fan of Richard Thompson. This is classic Thompson at his best. Very pleased.
Published 14 days ago by Roger Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by leilabarry1
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, electric
Witty, soulful, brilliant, electric. RT is incapable of producing a mediocre recording. But some of his output is better than others. This is among the best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Daum
4.0 out of 5 stars Thompson was an amazing talent
If you only listen to one song, listen to his song, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. It's a song I never tire of hearing.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good songs
I was new to Richard Thompson and I was pleasantly surprised to hear this album. I did not like all the songs, but several were very good
Published 8 months ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, superb, and supreme and wonderful
Great album from beginning to end. Thompson does it again! One fabulous song after another with tasteful guitar leads playing off thought provoking lyrics. Buy. Enjoy. Marvel.
Published 8 months ago by Tercel windmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything a Richard Thompson fan could want
This has everything a Richard Thompson fan could want: wit, poignancy, clever rhymes, and most especially, insipid irony. Then there is the music itself. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D.Layland
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for one song and I love that song
I love this artist's voice and the lyrics are great and some are exquisite. I don't like the darker stuff though.
Published 11 months ago by Jan Warne
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
This album has long been on my "wish list", and I am happy to say that 1952 Vincent Black Lightning is just one of many great tracks.
Published 12 months ago by Christopher Arnberg
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