Proper Records (Released 11th February)





Thompson returns with a new album and as the title suggests it is one of his electric albums. Recorded in Nashville with guitarist Buddy Miller producing (and playing), Thompson is joined by bassist Taras Prodaniuk and drummer Michael Jerome, with the aforementioned Miller helping out on guitar, Dennis Crouch on bass and fiddle player Stuart Duncan lending a musical hand as and when required.

This is a two disc treat, the second disc rounding up a few songs he has recorded for other albums and projects. The things I like most about Richard Thompson’s music is the variety of styles he plays. Be it the folk rock of ‘Stony Ground’, a tale of town gossips or the rock n’ roll fun that is ‘Straight And Narrow’. ‘Salford Sunday’ is a load back number, adding in a jazzy tinge to the musical proceedings. Highlight for me is the haunting ‘My Enemy’ with Siobhan Maher Kennedy adding extra bite to this song. As the song title suggests it holds no punches. ‘Snow Goose’ sees a guest vocal from Alison Krauss, a bonus I guess from recording your album in Nashville! Another song based around relationships something of a theme on this album as ‘Good Things Happen To Bad People’ further illustrates. The latter is the lead single and along with ‘Stony Ground’ the most ‘instant’ song on here and a natural choice for a single.

The second disc features another quick tempo number in ‘Will You Dance, Charlie Boy’, whilst ‘Auldie Riggs/Auldie Riggs Dance’ adds a little of the traditional folk sound to the mix. There are seven songs on the disc meaning you get eighteen songs overall and bar a couple that are not my personal cup of tea this album sees Richard Thompson in fine form.

Jason Ritchie

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