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Guitar master ... and darn good songwriter
on June 13, 2013
Once again Richard Thompson shows why he is one of the better, and more consistent, artists making music nowadays. It amazes me that he's been doing this for so many years, yet he still sounds fresh and inspired. Last century, this century; he hasn't changed his sound or formula much, a condition that will please most longtime fans, but perhaps cause others to mutter that this is "more of the same".
But don't think that the music on "Electric" is stuck in a retro RT rut. He continues to mine new sounds from his guitar along with familiar riffs and chords. Above all, there is his very distinctive guitar sound that shines, along with equally distinctive vocal phrasing. People always rave about the guitar, but I think that Thompson's songwriting skills are of extremely high quality. When he wants to write a killer tune, he seems to be able to do it effortelessly.
The first four songs on the album are what could be called "typical" Richard Thompson compositions; the distinctive guitar playing, punchy rhythms and clever lyrics. They're good, but not songs that would rank with this best stuff. But then comes the the seductively enchanting "My Enemy," perhaps my favorite track on the album, which is then followed by the catchy "Good Things Happen To Bad People." That would have made a great radio single back in the days when there were such things. Other highlights include "The Snow Goose" with Alison Krauss on harmony vocals, and the closing track, the lovely "Saving the Good Stuff For You." Very strong album. The booklet that comes with the CD also has lyrics to all the songs. I think most Richard Thompson fans will like this new album very much.