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Front Parlour Ballads

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This is Richard Thompson's first acoustic solo album since 1981 and first-ever album of all-original material. Front Parlour Ballads includes 13 songs featuring Thompson on vocals, guitars and other instruments. Cooking Vinyl. 2005.

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This selection of largely acoustic, predominately solo performances finds Richard Thompson trading the guitar pyrotechnics of his electric albums for greater intimacy, vocal subtlety, and emphasis on his storytelling lyrics. Though this is Thompson's first acoustic release of all-original material, "Row, Boys, Row" and "The Boys of Mutton Street" could pass as traditional British folk balladry, while the droll humor and stately musical grace of "Miss Patsy" recall some of Thompson's early work with Fairport Convention. The songwriting is as ambitious as the arrangements are minimal, from the bitter misanthropy of the character study in "A Solitary Life" to the bittersweet yearning of "Cressida" to the hypnotic insistence of "My Soul, My Soul." In "Let It Blow," Thompson applies his sharp wit to the tale of a serial husband with a penchant for quickie marriages, as the weddings signal the end of the romance. Even when he turns down the volume, he never tones down the creative intensity. --Don McLeese

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let It Blow
  2. For Whose Sake?
  3. Miss Patsy
  4. Old Thames Side
  5. How Does Your Garden Grow?
  6. My Soul, My Soul
  7. Cressida
  8. Row, Boys, Row
  9. The Boys of Mutton Street
  10. Precious One
  11. A Solitary Life
  12. Should I Betray?
  13. When We Were Boys At School


Product details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00069I7B4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,957 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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