Album review: Richard Thompson, Electric

By Graham Reid

Add a comment
Electric by Richard Thompson. Photo / Supplied
Electric by Richard Thompson. Photo / Supplied

Englishman Thompson's Dream Attic in 2010 was a courageous leap of faith: a live album of all new and therefore unfamiliar songs recorded before American audiences. But this godfather of anglofolk - and superb electric guitarist - pulled it off with some dyspeptic and angry songs, and that energy spills over on to this album in the taut Stuck on a Treadmill (the indignity of factory life), the suspicions of infidelity on Good Things Happen to Bad People, and the early Costello-like pop-rock of Straight and Narrow. He also delivers working class anglofolk-rock (Stony Ground) and British blues (Sally B) but finds a place for reflection (the marriage splitting up on Another Small Thing).

Thompson's forte is the slightly spiteful song (they're here), so it's a relief the folksy closer Saving the Good Stuff For You is about a man who has finally found love to redeem his misspent life.

This album - produced by Buddy Miller, and Alison Krauss on The Snow Goose, early copies with an excellent bonus disc - is Thompson's 20-somethingth under his own name so you've either got him by now, or haven't.

Fans will like this although it breaks no new ground (unlike Dream Attic); others will doubtless shrug.

Stars: 3.5/5
Verdict: We will still need him, still feed him when he's 64, in April

- / TimeOut

- NZ Herald

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


Have your say

1200 characters left

By and large our readers' comments are respectful and courteous. We're sure you'll fit in well.
View commenting guidelines.

© Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production bpcf04 at 28 May 2017 01:02:55 Processing Time: 393ms