Although the focus is definitely on the electric pyrotechnics on display throughout the album, it is definitely acoustic meditation "The Snow Goose" that takes the prize for me. It stands out as one of Thompson's most haunting and poignant songs, based around a brooding acoustic melody and Thompson's captivating voice. Beautiful harmonising vocals are provided courtesy of Alison Krauss, who admirably complements Thompson's rough and bruised baritone.
The album title, Electric, is appropriate. Not so much that the majority of the album showcases Thompson's intimidating electric guitar-work (in fact the latter end features some touching acoustic ballads), but because the album proves that Richard Thompson's songwriting continues to be as exciting and vital as ever. His reputation as an elder statesman of impeccable songwriting remains undiminished, and I choose my words carefully when I say that he is a national treasure.