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REVIEW: POP MATTERS: Richard Thompson ELECTRIC
2/3/2013 (updated 2/15/2013)

Richard Thompson: Electric

Electric is a fine testament to a revered musician, one that simply puts a seal on a long and storied career.

The album is a showcase for Thompson's current trio approach with drummer Michael Jerome (Better Than Ezra, John Cale) and bassist Tara Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello) providing backing muscle and grit to these sometimes rocking, sometimes bluesy and sometimes country sounds. (They are, however, conspicuously absent from the folksier ballads that finish off the album.) As a whole package, Electric is a mile marker for where Thompson now stands as a statesman for a particular brand of music that is singularly original in execution and vision.

By Zachary Houle, Pop Matters

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