Proper Records [Release date 29.06.15]
Following on from last year’s enjoyable ‘Acoustic Classics’ album Richard Thompson is back with another set of new songs. This time he has Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy handling production, who Thompson recruited to shake-up his creative approach to making records.
If nothing else I urge you to listen to ‘Guitar Heroes’. Over the course of the song’s seven minutes Thompson shows what an exceptional guitar talent he is as he pays tribute to his guitar heroes. These include Django Reinhardt, Chuck Berry and Hank Marvin of the Shadows. The various styles are neatly linked together by the song’s lyric.
For some more of Thompson’s fine playing ‘Long John Silver’ features a wonderful solo, along with a fabulous lyric in ‘Not all pirates sail the sea’. His more acoustic side comes out on ‘Beatnik Walking’. Listen to the mix of female vocals and the percussion on this one, simply marvelous.
There is plenty of musical variety from the traditional folk approach of ‘Broken Doll’ through to the upbeat fun of ‘All Buttoned Up’. That song features the tale of a lady who is determined to keep her charms intact! He is fairly rocking out on ‘No Peace No End’, a song that highlights his unique vocal to a tee.
Richard Thompson has added to his fine catalogue of songs with this album. Strong stories and variety in the music, one of our finest musicians and songwriters. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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